Gove plans corrective Brexit law to address chemical industry concerns

Environment secretary Michael Gove is considering introducing a new Brexit-related REACH statutory instrument to address the concerns of the chemical industry.

REACH SI was published in January and approved by the House of Lords last week by a narrow margin, with peers criticising it as “not fit for purpose”.

The chemicals industry’s concerns include the additional cost of having to resubmit detailed data to the UK system, the resourcing of the Health and Safety Executive which will take on the role of the European Chemicals Agency, and the idea that the  secretary of state will replace the European Commission in taking decisions such as whether to restrict a substance or whether to grant an authorisation to a company to use a substance of very high concern.

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