UK REACH: What new regulations reveal about the government’s post-Brexit chemicals blueprint

The government has published legislation to create a ‘UK REACH’ and a UK chemicals agency and, for the first time, we have a clear picture of how these important chemicals regulations will work after Brexit. Simon Tilling examines the implications

Simon Tilling
Simon Tilling: the regulations 'are of critical importance for a huge section of the UK's economy'

EU Regulation No. 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (“EU REACH”), governing the regulation of chemicals for the protection of human health and the environment, is one of the most complex legislative instruments ever created by the EU, and it has long been accepted by UK government that re-creating the regime within UK law is far from straightforward.  The REACH (etc.) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the REACH Amendment Regulations”), laid before parliament on 9 January, might sound dull and (for those who have bothered to read them) be rather impenetrable, but they are of critical importance for a huge section of the UK's economy, including both the UK’s chemicals industry and all those in manufacturing and services who rely on chemicals.

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