Reach Agreement Chemicals

One of the main elements of reach is the obligation to report on chemicals in the supply chain. This ensures that manufacturers, importers and their customers are informed of the health and safety information of the delivered products. For many traders, the obligation to provide information on the substances contained in their products within 45 days of receiving a request from a consumer is a particular challenge. Detailed information on the substances contained in their products allows retailers to cooperate with the production base in order to replace or remove potentially harmful substances from products. The list of pollutants continues to grow and requires organisations to continuously monitor announcements and additions to the scope of REACH. This can be done on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. REACH entered into force in 2007 and gradually created a level playing field for old and new chemicals, so that they had the same level of testing. It therefore eliminated the “squatting rights” of old chemicals that, before REACH, could remain on the market without sufficient safety data simply because they had been around for a long time. REACH also weighs on industry and makes it responsible for the safety of its chemicals.

This is often referred to as a “reversal of the burden of proof”. Before REACH, industry was not required to check its safety before the chemicals were used and released. More information on chemicals assessment (ECHA) Beyond regulatory differences, border disruptions will certainly affect trade. Import duties on chemicals crossing the Channel will add up, as delays at the border will add up due to customs formalities. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimates that it will face 270 million customs declarations from 2021, up from 55 million currently, according to a report published in November by the National Audit Office (NAO). And while the government has pledged £1.4 billion in funding to fund new border infrastructure, “there remains considerable uncertainty as to whether preparations will be completed in due course and what the consequences will be,” the NAO said.