Following 3 years of intense debate and engagement on the future of UK REACH in a highly volatile political context, we finally see a tangible proposal from government coming to life. 

In welcoming the launch of the long-awaited public consultation on the UK REACH alternative registration model, we are pleased to see that industry concerns surrounding the cost impact of duplicating registrations following the UK departure from the EU continues to be recognised by the Government and reflected in the plans for the re-design of the legislation.  

The government’s proposal, while reducing the level of hazard information being required for transitional registrations, will introduce a revised data set of on use and exposure information. CIA strongly supports an approach to chemical management focussed on risk rather than hazard.

As ever with REACH, the devil is in the detail and the task is now to ensure that the legislation is workable for UK manufacturers across supply chains whilst continuing to protect human health and the environment. In informing our response, we will be working closely with our members and other stakeholders to test the feasibility of the proposed model and keeping in mind the fast-approaching 1st registration deadline (27 October 2026). 

In a tough economic environment we hope that this  announcement will signal future regulatory certainty which has been and remains a significant barrier for UK investment. We also hope that the process - now started - can be continued and fully rolled out by any new Government with pace .




 For any further information please contact Simon on 07951 389197 or Diana on 07885 831615.

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