Pre-registering the chemical substances they manufacture or import allows businesses to take advantage of the phased registration deadlines in REACH, which could mean not having to register in full until June 2018. Pre-registration also offers a chance to reduce registration costs. If a business has not pre-registered their chemicals by 1 December, they will be forced to stop importing or manufacturing that until they have completed full registrations for them.
Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said:
'REACH is a welcome change in the way chemicals are controlled and how their use is managed throughout the EU.
'Businesses must find out now whether REACH will affect them, as there are only three weeks left before the end of the pre-registration period and the start of enforcement.
'Even if you don't think REACH applies to your business, check to make sure of that - many businesses rely on chemicals without realising it, and missing the pre-registration deadline of 1 December will not help your businesses meet legal requirements.'
The main aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemicals. It will make those who place chemicals on the market responsible for providing this information and passing it down the supply chain, so that the risks associated with their use are managed properly. It will also enhance innovation in, and the competitiveness of, European industry through the removal of particularly hazardous substances and the need to replace them with safer alternatives.
Comprehensive information on REACH is available on the UK REACH Competent Authority website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/reach