DEFRA considers options for REACH in event of 'no deal' Brexit

DEFRA looking at how to ensure chemical registrations remain valid in the UK after Brexit while environment minister Thérèse Coffey suggests UK could simply ‘download’ REACH database

Environment minister Therese Coffey. Photograph: Official portrait
Environment minister Thérèse Coffey

DEFRA is looking at the possibility of “grandfathering” chemicals registered under the EU chemicals regime to avoid them becoming invalid if the UK leaves the bloc without a deal.

Giving evidence at a hearing of the Lords EU energy and environment committee, DEFRA deputy director of EU environment, Gabrielle Edwards, said that the department was working on secondary legislation to govern what would happen in a “no-deal” scenario.

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