Keep track of Brexit’s impact on chemical regulations

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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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Free report: Brexit and chemicals regulation: 
The story so far – 2020 update 

Read about the most important Brexit developments for the chemical industry since Boris Johnson took over as prime minister in July 2019. 


Following weeks of tense talks set against the backdrop of a crippling global pandemic, on 24 December 2020 negotiators from the EU and UK announced a post-Brexit trade and cooperation agreement.

27 January 2021

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has sought to bolster confidence in its ability to operate as an independent chemicals regulator following the country’s departure from the EU system, reassuring industry it will be "proportionate and pragmatic" in its approach across all policy areas.

21 January 2021

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The UK Parliament has rejected an amendment put forward by opposition MPs that sought to ensure the government does not regress from protections secured under REACH if it diverges from EU laws – a fresh setback for an industry bent on continued alignment.

28 January 2021

Deregulation of GB REACH would create an ineffective and old-fashioned system, says CHEM Trust trade campaigner Chloe Alexander

02 February 2021

28 December 2020

UK chemical industry trade bodies have voiced concerns that the UK-EU trade deal announced by the negotiators on 24 December leaves their members facing a £1bn bill for registering substances under the UK REACH regime – and offers the prospect of the UK increasingly diverging from EU chemical safety standards.

'Independent' UK REACH will kick off from 1 January

14 January 2021

A UK downstream user trade group is seeking to gather momentum behind a new proposal that aims to minimise data requirements under UK REACH – an issue that continues to agonise the industry with a Brexit trade deal offering little respite from data concerns.

Twenty-five UK industry associations and downstream user groups have united in a proposal to ministers that demands the government drop its requirement for duplicate data sets of all chemicals under UK REACH and adopt a new approach that prioritises substances of most concern.

11 February 2021

UK REACH registrations are showing a "gradual, consistent growth" with companies so far submitting dossiers covering close to 1,250 chemicals under the independent regime, environment secretary George Eustace has said, while telling of major obstacles to gaining access to Echa-held data.

04 February 2021

17 December 2020

The UK government will soon publish guidance on poison centre notifications under a future national system on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) that will be independent of EU CLP actions, a senior official at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

'Independent' UK REACH will kick off from 1 January

Echa has advised UK companies that all REACH registration processes on dossiers submitted to the agency will be terminated if they are not fully completed before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.

22 December 2020