PIC notifications (EU Brexit)

Helsinki, 8 February 2019 – ECHA recommends companies to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario ahead of the UK’s withdrawal on 30 March 2019.

If a downstream user in one of the EU-27/EEA countries relies on REACH authorisations granted to a UK-based company, they need to make sure that there is another EU-27/EEA supplier with a valid authorisation for their use.

EU-27 companies will also need to notify their exports of hazardous substances regulated under the PIC Regulation when exporting to the UK. This will be done using the ePIC tool. The export notification in ePIC needs to be submitted 35 days before the export. ECHA will soon clarify how to deal with exports to the UK during the period right after the UK’s effective withdrawal.

Companies based in the EU-27/EEA will also need to prepare for placing substances on the UK market after 29 March, which will be governed by UK law. The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published respective guidance.

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UK exits the EU (ECHA advice to companies)

I posted earlier with the European Commission Notices to Companies. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has also issued advice to companies. This covers :

(1) general

(2) Reach

(3) CLP (Classification, Labelling & Packaging)

(4) BPD – Biocides (see also my earlier post on the European Commission Notice to Companies, and Q&A)

(5) PIC

The ECHA information is accessed here

EU PIC Regulation Query

EU Regulation No 649/2012 is a recast (re-enactment with changes), in force 1st March 2014, of the pre-existing EU PIC Regulation 689/2008.

PIC is the Prior Informed Consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.

From 1st March 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will be responsible for the technical and administrative tasks related to the 2012 EU Regulation. Find here the information ECHA is providing about what will be involved.