UK REACH: public consultation launched on alternative transitional registration model

June 5, 2024

Public consultation on the Alternative Transient Registration Model (ATRm)

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the launch of a public consultation on proposals to introduce an Alternative Transitional Registration Model (ATRm) under UK REACH. This initiative is part of efforts to reduce the estimated £2 billion transition costs to the UK chemical industry from the European Union's (EU) REACH system.  

Defra's consultation objectives

Defra's consultation seeks views on several key proposals:  

  1. Introduction of ATRm: This model aims to reduce the costs for the chemical industry during the transition to the UK REACH system. The consultation will help to gather the opinion of interested parties on specific modifications. For example, information required or not required in a Chemical Safety Report (CSR) to be submitted with a registration.
  1. Improvements to the REACH Regime: Proposals are put forward to strengthen the effectiveness of REACH regulation in the UK. This includes measures to improve the restrictions process under UK REACH or, for example, to support the principle of animal testing as a last resort.  

Details and participation in the consultation

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments and suggestions before the July 11, 2024 deadline. Several options are available to facilitate participation:  

  • Online : Via the link provided on the Defra website.  
  • By e-mail : Send replies to
  • By post : Send replies to the following address: UK REACH Legislation and Policy team, Defra Ground Floor, Seacole Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

This consultation represents an important opportunity for stakeholders from the chemical industry and other relevant sectors to contribute to the development of a more effective and economically viable UK REACH system. Defra encourages all interested parties to participate actively and share their perspectives and suggestions for shaping the future of chemical regulation in the UK.  

For further information and to access the online consultation, please visit the Defra website.  

Definition of the Alternative Transitional Registration Model (ATRm)

L'ATRm is a template that has been put in place for substances to be registered under the UK REACH Regulation, for any substances already registered under the European Union REACH Regulation.
Its aim is to reduce the cost of accessing data already submitted to ECHA.  

Would you like to find out more about UK REACH?

For more information, please contact our experts and read our article on extended transitional registration deadlines.

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