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The UK completed its formal separation from the European Union at 23:00 on 31 December 2020, after a new trade deal was agreed on 24 December. In the weeks and months to come, we will learn more about the future of chemical regulation in the UK after Brexit, and Chemical Watch is committed to tracking every development in order to keep product safety professionals abreast of this evolving story.

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

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Analysis of data is ‘ongoing’, HSE says, but further information may be slow to come

10 November 2021 

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The UK government has succumbed to intense lobbying from industry to alleviate the burden of extra data costs under the post-Brexit REACH regime, saying it will explore "a new model" that focuses on domestic risks rather than replicating data packages already submitted under the EU legislation.

07 December 2021

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a call for evidence on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to support a regulatory management options analysis (RMOA) that is being conducted under the UK REACH regime.

02 December 2021

A 'chemical cocktail' including PFASs and microplastics is polluting rivers across England, putting human health and the environment at risk, a UK parliamentary audit committee has concluded in a report today.

13 January 2022

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has granted two requests for uses of substances on the UK REACH authorisation list.

10 December 2021

NGOs have protested against a new approach to identifying SVHCs in the UK, which they say significantly departs from EU REACH and may weaken and slow down the regulation of harmful substances.

19 January 2022

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

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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

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 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