Defra said that the UK would preserve the REACH legislation as far as possible in the event of no deal and that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would act as the lead UK regulatory authority alongside the Environmental Agency. Plans are also being drawn up for a UK IT system for the registration of new chemicals, similar to the existing EU system.
However, companies registered with REACH would no longer have access to the European Economic Area (EAA) market without first transferring their registrations to an EEA-based organisation. Downstream companies importing chemicals from the EEA would also have new registration requirements.
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