The REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland

Commencement: Depending on the section18th December 2020, immediately before IP completion day and IP completion day


  1. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)  
  2. The REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/758)  
  3. The REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/858)  
  4. The REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (No. 3) Regulations 2019 

Mini Summary

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) imposes requirements on manufacturers and importers of chemicals and restricts the use of certain high risk chemicals.

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, this EU Regulation has been incorporated directly (with amendments) into UK law. This entry describes the UK version of REACH. N.b. in Northern Ireland, the EU version still applies.



These Regulations amend REACH and also amend the three REACH (Amendment)(EU Exit) Regulations passed in 2019 (see below). The 2019 Amendments assumed that Northern Ireland would mirror the regulatory approach in Great Britain following the UK’s exit from the European Union. However, the subsequent Withdrawal Agreement and associated Northern Ireland Protocol provide that Northern Ireland will continue to follow EU rules in many respects including REACH. These 2020 Amendments revise the 2019 Amendments to restrict their scope to Great Britain, and to provide arrangements concerning movement of chemicals between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The ‘summary and duties’ text above, and the text of the 2019 Amendment below, has been revised to reflect these 2020 Amendments.


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