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UK REACH - First registration deadline extended

The UK government has agreed to explore a “new model” for UK REACH which focuses on domestic risk i.e. within Great Britain, rather than replicating data packages already submitted under EU legislation. Secretary of State George Eustice has written to the Chemicals Industries Association Chief Executive, Steve Elliott, saying the government would like to work with industry and other stakeholders over the next few months to develop a “practical and deliverable model which reduces costs to industry while still ensuring high levels of environmental and health protection”.

The first registration deadline for substances under UK REACH is to be extended by two years to 27th October 2025. This deadline applies to:

  • Substances traded at 1,000 tonnes or more per year
  • Carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMRs0 substances for one tonne or more
  • Candidate list substances as at 31st December 2020.

Through 2022 the government will also consult on possible extensions to other deadlines, currently set for 2025 and 2027.

UKCA Mark comes into force Jan 2023

The new UKCA marking rules – replacing the CE mark – will come into force from 1 January 2023, and BEIS is running a series of webinars to help businesses understand the process of adopting UKCA safety markings.

Find out more at BEIS webinars.

Composites UK EU-Exit Member Resources

Good Practice Guides and templates

  • Trading with the EU and other countries from 01 January 2021 - Jan2021
  • Preparing the UK Composites Sector for the end of the Transition period - Dec2020
  • How to comply with chemical regulations from 01 January 2021
  • CLP changes from 01 January 2021
  • Supplier declaration forms

Brexit Bulletin: This regular member bulletin aims to keep members informed of the latest guidance for businesses to prepare your business for trading with the EU and other countries from 01 January 2021. 

Members can download the guides and catch up with past issues of the bulletin in the member resources area.

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Checklist to ensure you are business ready

The UK has left the Single Market and Customs Union and it is essential that businesses make the necessary preparations to continue to trade with the EU:

Changes for businesses - what the UK-EU deal means.

Check what you need to do differently if you’re:

Get the complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family.

Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021

EU market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market from 1 January 2021.

GB market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021.

Northern Ireland market: Guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the NI marketd from 1 January 2021.

Conformity assessment - UKCA
UKCA is the new marking for placing relevant regulated products on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. It replaces the CE marking. There will be a period of continued recognition of CE marking in Great Britain (check individual regulations for full details on end dates).
UK approved bodies will replace the role of EU notified bodies.

Further information can be found here

Tariffs and Rules of Origin - BEIS Guidance

Free Trade Negotiations

Information on the trade agreements the UK has already signed and our discussions with countries the EU has a trade agreement with can be found here.

More trade is essential if the UK is to overcome the unprecedented economic challenge posed by Covid-19, and new trade agreements are an important part of the long-term economic recovery. All countries need to work together to ensure long-term prosperity and international trade is central to this cooperation. Free trade and resilient supply chains through open markets will be crucial to the global economic recovery as the crisis passes. One important element of this is ensuring that UK businesses have access to a wide range of free trade agreements. 

Customs Declarations

From 1 January 2022, you will no longer be able to delay making import customs declarations under the Staged Customs Controls rules that have applied during 2021. Most customers will have to make declarations and pay relevant tariffs at the point of import.

Before 1 January 2022, you should consider how you are going to submit your customs declarations. You can appoint an intermediary, such as a customs agent, to deal with your declarations on your behalf or you can submit them yourself. For more information, go to

Some businesses already have a 'Simplified Declarations' authorisation from HMRC that allows their goods to be released directly to a specified customs procedure without having to provide a full customs declaration at the point of release.

If you want to use Simplified Declarations, you’ll need authorisation to do so. It can take up to 60 calendar days to complete the checks needed for this and therefore a new application made now may not be authorised before 1 January 2022. To find out more, go to GOV.UK and search 'simplified declarations'.

You must use the correct country code for the country of origin and the country of dispatch when you complete your customs declaration. For EU countries, the individual country code of the relevant member state should be used. The EU country code must not be used and will be removed from systems shortly.

Commodity codes are used worldwide to classify goods that are imported and exported. They are standardised up to six digits and reviewed by the World Customs Organisation every five years. Following the end of the latest review, the UK codes will be changing on 1 January 2022. You should go to GOV.UK and search for the 'Trade Tariff Tool' at the time you’re importing your goods to look up the correct commodity codes. You can also check the Trade Tariff news page.

Effect on material legislation


UK REACH is part of the UK's chemical regulatory regime. If you sell or distribute chemicals in the UK and the EU, you'll need to follow both UK REACH and EU REACH rules.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol the EU REACH Regulation will continue to apply to Northern Ireland, while UK REACH will regulate the access of substances to the GB market.

For more information click here

Chemicals classification, labelling and packaging (CLP)

From 1 January 2021, the European Union (EU) CLP Regulation will be replaced in Great Britain by retained EU law – the GB CLP Regulation.
For more information click here

Effect on standards activity

BSI will continue to coordinate the UK input into the development of harmonized European standards through CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

For any specific query, please contact the BSI Brexit and standards team using

European Funding

You can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding.

The UK will associate to Horizon Europe.

Business support helpline

For more information for:
businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098
businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
businesses in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.


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