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End of Transition Roundup


David Wright, UKLA Director General Chemical Regulation


At the end of transition on 31st December 2020, the existing EU REACH regulatory framework, both articles and annexes, will be adopted into legislation governing Great Britain. EU REACH will continue to apply in Northern Ireland under the protocol which treats the island of Ireland as a single entity.


From 1st January 2021 to ensure continued GB market access, existing EU REACH authorisations held by UK companies, will be ported into the new GB REACH framework. From 30th April 2021 the GB REACH regulator, the Health & Safety Executive, will require basic information on the GB REACH IT System.


From 28 October 2021, GB companies will then have 2, 4 or 6 years to make a full registration to HSE under GB REACH. The timeline depends on tonnage bands and the hazardous or toxic characteristics of the chemical. Further information can be found on the HSE website at https://www. hse.gov.uk/brexit/chemicals-brexit-guidance. htm.


Under EU REACH only EU-based companies can hold registrations and authorisations. Existing registrations held by GB companies will lapse on 31st December 2020. In order to continue to be valid, registrations held by UK-based companies need to be ported across to an EU-based legal entity or Only Representative at the end of the transition period to ensure continued EU market access. More information can be found at https://echa.europa.eu/uk-withdrawal-from- the-eu.


The Biocides Product Regulation (BPR) will continue to apply in the UK. From 1 January 2021 applications to make biocidal active substances and products available on the UK market must be submitted to HSE,


44 LUBE MAGAZINE NO.160 DECEMBER 2020 the exact process is yet to be determined.


The EU Classification of Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation is based on the UN Global Harmonised System and will continue to apply in the UK. The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regulation will also continue to apply and be adopted into UK legislation.


Immigration


Existing EU nationals resident in the United Kingdom need to make an application under the EU Settlement scheme to remain resident in the UK after 31st December 2020. Residency will be granted subject to identity, proof of existing residency and criminality checks. EU nationals have until 30 June 2021 to make an online application for UK residency.


From 1st January 2021 a new points-based, skills-led immigration system will be introduced into the UK which will be applicable to all new immigrants except existing EU nationals with settled status.


Under this system, applicants will need a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor. The job, not the applicant, should be at the appropriate skills- level of RQF level 3 or above (A levels). The applicant should have a proficiency in English. The role should be at the appropriate salary threshold of £25,600 or the going rate, if higher. The applicant will need to pass criminality checks.


There will be no cap on numbers applying or being granted immigration under this system and there will be no resident labour market test.


The applicant will be required to achieve a total of 70 points of which 50 are mandatory and non-tradable, and 20 are tradable.


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