DEFRA guidance on regulating pesticides under no-deal Brexit

Says the UK would establish its own plant protection regime, put in place by retaining EU regulations in UK law through the provisions of the EU (Withdrawal) Act, with secondary legislation currently in preparation to correct technical errors but not to change policy

Document title: Regulating pesticides if there’s no Brexit deal

Summary: Says the UK would establish its own plant protection regime, put in place by retaining EU regulations in UK law through the provisions of the EU (Withdrawal) Act, with secondary legislation currently in preparation to correct technical errors but not to change policy. Adds that all active substance approvals and authorisations would remain unchanged, but that applications for EU approvals would need to be submitted separately. Health and Safety Executive would continue to operate as the national regulator, but EU processes carried out by the European Food Safety Authority would be converted into national processes, with ‘new arrangements’ for independent scientific assurance. Would no longer require harmonisation with other EU countries, but nor could EU countries mutually recognise UK product approvals. The UK would use a new statutory register for active substance approvals available on a new database and would automatically extend approvals due to expire within three years of Brexit by an additional three years.

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