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With Brexit, the EU REACH Regulation was brought into law as UK REACH on 1 January 2021, but questions remain over the extent of the UK’s divergence from the EU, leaving unwelcome levels of uncertainty for industry. A new chemicals strategy is expected this year, although it has suffered delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Areas under discussion for the strategy include innovation and the development of criteria for safe and sustainable by design (SSbD), as well as non-animal new approach methodologies (NAMs). Meanwhile, analysis from the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggests that registering substances under the UK’s REACH Regulation will cost industry around £2bn – double the chemical sector’s initial estimates.

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Beyond Brexit: the impact of Brexit and UK REACH on chemicals management

More than 280 chemicals management professionals share their experiences post-Brexit (survey conducted May/June 2021). This free report also includes news and insight coverage of UK REACH. Become a free member of Chemical Watch to access the report and more.

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Simon Tilling, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

EVENT: UK Chemicals Policy & Regulation, 7 October 2021

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A new ‘Brexit freedoms’ bill that would enable the UK government to change or remove retained EU laws, has sparked fresh concerns about regulatory divergence and potential deregulation.

02 February 2022

NGOs have restated concerns that UK regulators are weakening protection from SVHCs, after the Health and Safety Executive revealed its initial assessments of EU candidate list substances.

16 February 2022

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has invited British-based suppliers and retailers to take part in surveys about the industry’s duties under REACH Article 33 to provide information down the supply chain and to consumers about SVHCs in articles.

09 February 2022

The UK’s chemicals agency has published a rolling action plan (RAP) of substances to be evaluated under the national REACH regime, scheduling two chemicals for scrutiny within a year.

07 April 2022

Compliance checks under UK REACH remain focused on 24 'novel' substances that have been registered for the first time, the Health and Safety Executive has said, as dossiers on thousands of other chemicals transferred from the EU after Brexit contain little data.

01 March 2022

Participants at a UK dangerous goods conference have expressed concern over a new requirement for consignors of dangerous goods to appoint a dangerous goods safety advisor (DGSA) by 31 December 2022.

16 June 2022

The UK government needs to "get a move on" by proposing an alternative model for REACH registration that aims to reduce data costs, if it is to give businesses the operational and legal certainty they need, the chief executive of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has warned.

21 April 2022

The UK government will carry out intensive work this year to develop a new REACH registration model with reduced data costs but has no timescale yet for a proposal, a senior official has said, adding to growing frustrations about the post-Brexit regulatory limbo stifling the chemicals industry.

28 April 2022

The UK is suffering from a shortage of skilled specialists needed to complete the work required by post-Brexit chemicals legislation, two top consultants have warned.

29 April 2022

The UK has published official consolidated versions of REACH and CLP legislation, incorporating several amendments made to EU regulations when they were carried over into post-Brexit national laws.

17 May 2022

It will take four more years before the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reaches the full capacity it has planned for its post-Brexit operations and there is a risk that regulatory decisions could be delayed, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

19 May 2022

Under its 2022/23 UK REACH workplan, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is expecting to receive registrations for 20–30 ‘novel’ substances – those that have not been previously registered under UK or EU REACH – and 300–500 for existing ones.

19 May 2022

A large group of NGOs has written to the UK government renewing their call for an "urgent and timelined" phase-out of all unnecessary uses of PFASs.

01 June 2022

Regulatory Summit Europe 2022  


Chemicals regulation in the UK will be the focus of a dedicated session during this two-day conference on regulatory developments affecting chemicals management across Europe. Featuring expert speakers, the Day One session will provide updates on the latest developments and ongoing impacts of the UK's emerging chemicals regime.
The event also includes sessions on the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability and REACH, making it an unmissable event for anyone working in chemicals management across Europe.