UK HSE anticipates up to 30 registrations for ‘novel’ substances in 2022/23 workplan


Under its 2022/23 UK REACH workplan, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is expecting to receive registrations for 20–30 ‘novel’ substances – those that have not been previously registered under UK or EU REACH – and 300–500 for existing ones.

UK REACH came into existence on 1 January 2021 after the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.

The HSE’s regulatory specialist, Dr Andrew Smith, presented the agency’s workplan – which is expected to be officially published in the coming weeks – during a panel discussion on UK REACH at the ChemUK event on 11–12 May.

Attendees at the event again raised the ongoing issue around the potential cost of having to generate data to fulfil obligations under the new registration scheme.

Under the new regulation, companies must submit registration dossiers between October 2023 and October 2027, depending on the tonnage and the hazard profile of the substance. But companies can begin the registration process now, through the agency’s Article 26 process (see box).

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Chemical Watch, 19-05-22