This concluded with a proposal to introduce a phased six-year timeframe based on tonnage for the future registration of chemicals in the UK. Deadlines start to apply from 28 October 2021.
According to trade body the Chemical Industries Association, the timeframe will allow companies to spread costs and resources over a longer period of time compared to the two-years initially planned.
'The extension of the registration timeframe is something we have been calling for and I am pleased the government has listened to the arguments we put forward,' said Nishma Patel, policy director at London-based CIA.
'Whilst not avoiding a separate registration scheme and future replication of registrations in the UK, the proposed timeline will support businesses in better managing the future registration process in the UK and minimise disruption to supply chains.’
Transposing REACH into UK law following the UK withdrawal from the EU represents has been a long-standing concern for the chemical industry and legislators in the House of Lords, the UK's upper house of parliament.
Challenges, Patel said, include setting up future UK joint registrations, and sharing data within the new, complex scenarios companies will face as they try to maintain access to separate UK and EU markets.
'While we welcome the announcement, there needs to be a deal between the UK and EU on a future relationship that will include close cooperation and an agreement on chemical data,' Patel said.
The CIA has previously estimated that UK REACH would cost the chemicals industry an extra EUR1.1 bn.