Chemicals: Regulation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th November 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the completion of UK REACH registration dossiers for grandfathered EU REACH registrations, whether a Letter of Access already paid for by a UK registrant for an EU REACH registration will remain valid or the UK registrant pays for a new Letter of Access with the data-owning EU27 registrant when a UK-based registrant or the UK authority is unable to access or get copies of the full study reports as already submitted for EU-REACH registrations.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UK REACH retains the 'one substance, one registration' principle and allows for the sharing of data between companies with the aim of reducing cost and the need for further animal testing. A Letter of Access (LoA) can offer one way for a business to obtain the information it needs to complete the grandfathering of the registration in question. However, LoAs are commercial arrangements negotiated by industry and as such the range of potential uses for the information is dependent on the scope and wording agreed by the relevant businesses.

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