UK Chemicals Strategy: Why experts are still arguing over the basics

With much of the forthcoming Chemicals Strategy still blank, experts are seeking to ensure that it bolsters enforcement, ensures transparent decision-making and maintains risk-based regulation. Gareth Simkins reports.

Members of DEFRA’s Chemical Stakeholders Forum (CSF) have begun to lay the groundwork for a new approach to chemicals management, the first for 20 years.

The latest meeting, held under the Chatham House rule, at the end of September, confirmed that work on the Chemicals Strategy had got off to “a little bit of a bumpy start”. Although it was mentioned in the 25-Year Plan for the Environment, of January last year, planning for a no-deal Brexit has impeded its development and little has been done so far.

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