Brexit plan to download REACH database ‘not permitted’, says ECHA

DEFRA’s plan to obtain the EU’s REACH database to inform post-Brexit chemicals regulation would not be lawful, according to the head of the European Chemicals Agency

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DEFRA's plan for a UK version of REACH is a non-starter, according to ECHA

DEFRA’s plan to obtain the EU’s REACH database to inform post-Brexit chemicals regulation would not be lawful, according to the head of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey revealed the plan before the House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Committee on Wednesday. “I believe as long we are a member of the EU, we have access to the database. In my view, we should be able to download it if we need to, though I won’t pretend that that has been agreed yet,” she said.

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