How to comply with the EU's REACH chemical regulations when you're using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, and how to prepare for 1 January 2021.
If you’re using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU, you need to follow REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) regulations.
Register your chemical substance
You must register your chemical substance with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) - this body enforces REACH regulations in the EU.
Find out how to register your substance with ECHA.
Get more information about REACH
Read ECHA advice to find out:
- the chemicals that are covered by REACH regulations
- whether authorisation or restriction should take place
You can also get information about REACH from the HSE website - HSE and the Environment Agency (EA) work together to enforce REACH regulations in the UK.
Prepare for 1 January 2021
Find out how to continue to make, sell or import chemicals from 1 January 2021.
If you want to place new chemicals on both the EU/EEA (including Switzerland) and UK markets from 1 January 2021, you must follow both EU REACH and UK REACH rules. Register for new chemicals on the UK market from 1 January 2021 on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If you’re importing or exporting chemicals to the EU, you can view journey maps with the steps you need to take.