The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, whether or not under an agreement, has an impact on the biocides sector as well. Therefore, we advise you, as a business operator, to prepare yourself to this scenario.
Are you a holder of a national Belgian authorisation/notification or a European authorisation? Are you an SME/multinational and a current or future applicant, a consultant, … or are you involved in any other way with the biocides sector? In that case we advise you to consult the websites and communications of the EU and ECHA mentioned below. These documents were established for the European procedure under Regulation (EU) nr. 528/2012 (BPR) but the contents are quite often applicable to the transitory period and hence also to the national Belgian procedure.
So, for example, a current authorisation holder/notifier from the UK who has a national Belgian authorisation/notification must submit in due time before the BREXIT a change request for his authorisation/notification in order to obtain for his national Belgian authorisation/notification a new authorisation holder/notifier seated within the European Union.
After the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (and even if there is no transition period agreed with the Union), UK suppliers listed on the Article 95 list will be able to remain listed. This is provided that they have nominated an EU-Representative, which will be listed next to them on the Article 95 list. While some of the UK suppliers have already appointed an EU-Representative, the EU-Representatives will only be added to the Article 95 list once the United Kingdom has effectively left the European Union and, if applicable, the transition period is over.
- ECHA advice to companies concerning BREXIT
- European Commission’s Notice to Stakeholders
28/11/2019 - New instructions from ECHA in preparation for Brexit
ECHA has published new instructions on how companies should prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario ahead of the UK’s withdrawal on the Brexit date.
Subject to further developments, ECHA will open a ‘Brexit window’ in REACH-IT from 12 to 29 March, 24:00 hours CET (11 p.m. UK time) to enable UK-based registrants to make the necessary changes and transfer their REACH registrations.
- See more on ECHA website: Act now to stay on the EU market after the UK’s withdrawal.
- Step-by-step instructions on transfer of registrations from UK companies: How to transfer your UK REACH registrations prior to the UK withdrawal from the EU.
If you have specific questions on the BREXIT related to biocides, please contact our helpdesk.
Even if you do not expect it to happen, the BREXIT may impact your company. It is for your own benefit to examine what consequences may arise. Do the BREXIT Impact Scan and get tailor-made tips in order to be well-prepared.
Getting ready for the end of the Brexit transition period
As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union and consequently has become a third country. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period that comes to an end on 31 December 2020.
In this context, the European Commission has published a communication regarding every stakeholder in the biocidal sector. This communication is available on the website of the European Commission.
- Read the communication on the website of the European Commission: “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of biocidal products”
- If you have any specific questions on this matter, please contact our helpdesk.