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Chemical Business Association welcomes UK REACH announcement

10 November 2023

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) welcomes the announcement today (9th November 2023), from Government on UK REACH and the alternative transitional registration model (ATRm).

After two years of indefatigable lobbying and negotiating with Government on behalf of members, the chemical supply chain and wider chemical industry, the hard work the CBA has undertaken in conjunction with its partners, including other associations and industry as a whole, has led to this very significant step.

The statement from Government highlights the importance of ‘adopting a more targeted approach’ and not implementing ‘a complete replica of all the registration of all chemical substances held under EU REACH,’ which is precisely what the CBA has consistently impressed upon Government. The DEFRA statement can be read in full here Click here

Commenting, Tim Doggett, CEO of the CBA, said “The latest announcement regarding UK REACH is what we have been campaigning for since December 2021. The uncertainty around UK REACH continues to stifle investment and have a negative impact not just on the chemical industry, but industry as a whole and its ability to trade, innovate and grow.”

“The chemical industry touches all facets of our everyday lives, so the implications of UK REACH are not just the implementation costs, which are estimated by DEFRA to be around £2 billion and as much as £3.5 billion, but also the impact on the ability of business as a whole to be competitive in a global market.”

“Whilst the latest announcement is very encouraging and a step in the right direction, there does still remain significant work to be done, to make UK REACH proportionate, effective, and efficient, for industry and regulators alike. We look forward to hearing from Government about the fuller details of the policy in early 2024, as we continue to collaborate with our partners.”

The CBA will continue to play a vital role in campaigning for effective legislative changes regarding the ongoing concerns of UK REACH.

About Chemical Business Association:

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023 and has a long and illustrious heritage in delivering for its members. It is the leading organisation representing the complete chemical supply chain and an award-winning trade association with record levels of membership.

Many CBA members are SMEs and include manufacturers, distributors, traders, warehouse operators, logistics and transport companies, as well as service providers and suppliers who collectively are the main chemical industry interface providing products and services to virtually every sector.

Such a diverse membership gives the CBA a distinct advantage of a 360-degree view and insight of the global chemical supply chain which, combined with the extensive and in-depth expertise of its staff, enables the CBA to provide wide-ranging services and support to its members, as well as to engage and work closely with Government, not to mention other key stakeholders in the UK and overseas.

CBA members contribute in excess of £4 billion to the UK economy and employ over 10,000 people nationwide, handling in excess of 27 million tonnes and making over 2.25 million deliveries of chemicals each year. Health and safety, as well as people and sustainability are at the heart of the CBA, as it leads and participates in many initiatives such as the ‘Responsible Care Programme’, which it has been part of since 1993.

The Chemical Business Association is the voice of the UK chemical supply chain.

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