Why a post-REACH Brexit spells pain for industry

Industry may have to squeeze 10 years’ chemicals registration work into two years and the UK’s replacement for ECHA is in danger of becoming a ‘secretive quango’, experts tell Catherine Early

The European Commission has approved a wave of restrictions under REACH, while postponing decisions on others. Photograph: luchschen/123RF
Re-registering under a UK chemicals regulatory scheme will mean more work for industry

Away from the noise of calls from hardline Brexiters to scrap chemicals regulation, DEFRA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) met with chemical industry stakeholders last week to discuss its plans if no deal was reached with the EU.

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