DEFRA guidance on chemicals regulation with a no-deal Brexit

Says the UK would establish a domestic regulatory framework and build capacity to replace the European Chemicals Agency, would preserve REACH “as far as possible” by enabling chemical registration through a new UK IT system.

Document title: Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal

Summary: Says the UK would establish a domestic regulatory framework and build capacity to replace the European Chemicals Agency, would preserve REACH “as far as possible” by enabling chemical registration through a new UK IT system, providing specialist capacity to evaluate health and environmental impacts on environment. Pledges to ensure sufficient capacity in the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and other regulators to recommend controls on specific chemicals, would provide DEFRA and devolved administrations with “appropriate policy function”. Notes companies registered with REACH would no longer be able to sell into the EEA market without transferring their registrations to an EEA-based organisation. Emphasises that the UK would not be “legally committed” to medium- or long-term regulatory alignment with the EU.

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