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Chemical Sector ‘Option 1’ Pushes Back Proposal Deadlines

11th January 2023

The ‘Option 1’ plan would push back the proposal deadlines for the different tonnage bands by an additional three years: October 2026, October 2028, and October 2030.

The Chemical Business Association (CBA), an industry organisation, had a major part in the nine months of ongoing debate succeeding ministerial pledges to look into other possible measures, even though the chemicals industry do not impose any legal obligations on the government.

The CBA had petitioned to DEFRA regarding effects on chemical sector supply and distribution as a result of UK REACH, as well as the problem with downstream users not included in these guidelines beforehand.

The CBA’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Doggett, explained that they have “been working incessantly with the Government to highlight the impact of UK REACH and its implications. We are delighted it committed to exploring an alternative model and to extend the deadlines, of which this is a first encouraging step.”

“We remain committed to finding a practical, workable, and affordable solution for everyone, and this extension provides us with an opportunity to pursue suitable options.”

DEFRA agrees that the extra time Option 1 “could lessen burdens on SMEs and downstream users without significantly reducing levels of protection of human health and of the environment”.

Now that the registration time limits for each tonnage band have been stretched by three years, regulation is anticipated to be introduced.

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