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Updated and expanded UKCSF guidance for SMEs and downstream users on the 2018 REACH Registration deadline

THE UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum (CSF) has updated its guidance on ‘What SMEs need to know about the 2018 REACH Registration deadline’, along with additional guidance to help other industry stakeholders. The purpose of the updated guidance remains to raise awareness of the deadline and to help businesses to consider what they have to do, in particular to prepare and submit dossiers to ECHA. The additional guidance is aimed at downstream users who need to assess the potential for the disruption of their supply chains if substances on which they depend are not registered.

An explanatory note download

The CSF has updated its guidance on the REACH 2018 Registration Deadline
This guidance provides a brief introduction to the registration element of REACH and was originally published in 2015. The UK CSF has prepared this updated guidance as a key milestone approaches – 31 May 2018 – the registration deadline for tens of thousands of substances, which are manufactured or imported in quantities between 1 and 100 tonnes per year (substances used in high tonnages have already been registered).

Guidance on the REACH 2018 Registration Deadline download

The CSF has produced new guidance for Downstream Users. 
Most of the obligations under REACH apply to manufacturers and importers, but Downstream User is a specific role under REACH. Downstream Users are businesses that use a chemical substance, either on its own or in a mixture, in the course of their industrial or professional activities. For example, this document is applicable to businesses that undertake formulation activities or the production of articles. It helps them understand and create their “portfolio” and there is advice on how to use the ECHA Registration database, how to engage with suppliers (including a template letter), and what to do if a substance is not going to be registered.

New guidance for Downstream Users download

The CSF has produced new guidance on Articles.
This short guidance is aimed at businesses who manufacture or import components, parts or finished products. Such businesses may think they don’t use chemicals or expose their customers to them, but many everyday objects contain chemical substances or mixtures.  The guidance will help businesses to understand any registration, or other, obligations.

CSF new guidance on Articles download

UK REACH Competent Authority e-Bulletin February 2011

UK REACH Competent Authority e-Bulletin February 2011

Registration Concerns

How to pass business verification

Tips on business rules

REACH Competent Authority Information Leaflets

REACH Competent Authority Letter -Sept07

REACH Information 1 – General

REACH Information 2 – Manufacturers

REACH Information 3 – Importers

REACH Information 4 – Users

Coming into force/Reviews/Repeals REACH Timeline – Jan 2007

This document is a timeline detailing all of the entry into force, review and repeal dates applicable to REACH.

Entry Into Force REACH Timeline – Jan 2007

Questions and Answers on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the REACH Regulation 

A new version of the Questions & Answers document from the Commission on REACH and the European Chemicals Agency has been published. Please see the link below.

REACH Regulations Published!

Official REACH Regulations


This is a copy of the official REACH regulations, 1907/2006/EC, as published in the official journal of the EU. The final text is 849 pages long.

New version of the REACH regulations published

REACH has been republished in a new, more compact version. The legislation now covers 278 rather than 849 pages, though this is a reformatting exercise mainly using smaller font size. To access this reduced size version click here