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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.

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

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

02 February 2021

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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

Regardless of whether UK REACH registrants have to provide full studies in their dossiers, the level of health and environmental protection achieved will depend on if the UK puts ‘sovereignty’ before science, says Chemical Watch editorial director Geraint Roberts.

08 March 2021

22 December 2020

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.

'Independent' UK REACH will kick off from 1 January

27 January 2021

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.

'Independent' UK REACH will kick off from 1 January

28 January 2021

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.

Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its statement on transparency and the use of independent scientific knowledge and advice under UK REACH, following publication of the draft on 22 February and public consultation until 10 March.

07 April 2021

An industry proposal for an alternative arrangement under UK REACH to reduce the cost of duplicate data submissions is unlikely to happen because of the polarised UK-EU positions on chemicals legislation, a House of Lords sub-committee has said.

25 March 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.

14 January 2021

UK Chemicals Policy & Regulation

14 September 2021

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Chemical Watch Brexit Survey 2021


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