Impact of BREXIT on biocides sector

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.

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.

If you have specific questions on the BREXIT related to biocides, you can always submit them to our helpdesk on www.helpdeskdppc.be.

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.

Further general information on the Brexit