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Fact checker: Has the UK led EU chemical regulation?

The UK has tried to ban some chemicals faster than other EU members want, the...

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Products & Chemicals

No-deal Brexit chemicals registration timeline set out by government

Deadlines for registering with the UK’s new chemicals regulation in the event of a no-deal Brexit, have been set out by government

Chemical risks and hazards

Glyphosate weedkiller caused cancer, says US jury

A jury sitting in San Francisco has found that a man’s blood cancer was linked to exposure to the world’s most commonly-used weedkiller, Bayer’s Roundup

Labelling, certification

BEIS explains no-deal arrangements for regulated goods

The department for business, energy and industrial strategy has laid out what action manufacturers and distributors of goods regulated under EU regimes such as ecodesign will have to take in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Supply chain

Brexit stymies chemical checks on consumer products

The Health and Safety Executive would have participated in a new EU project to identify hazardous chemicals in products, but Brexit has intervened

Chemical risks and hazards

New limits for toxic chemicals in products 'contravene' UN convention

New rules on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) will “keep millions exposed to toxic chemicals” in products containing recycled plastics, campaigners have warned after the European Parliament's environment committee accepted a compromise negotiated with EU governments


Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

Debate is raging over whether the UK should request extending its EU membership after the 29 March deadline. Simon Pickstone asks how it would impact the waste and chemicals sectors

Products & Chemicals

Why the UK’s deposit return schemes could be vulnerable to fraud

England and Scotland are pressing ahead with separate versions of deposit return schemes for plastic bottles, but divergence could lead to fraud and confusion, finds Conor McGlone

Products & Chemicals

10 things you need to know about DEFRA’s post-Brexit REACH chemical regulations

The government claims that its replacement for the EU’s REACH system entails no change in policy. Others beg to differ. ENDS has put together a list of everything you need to know about the government’s plans for chemicals regulations after the UK leaves the EU

Land, Ecology & Development

What will the £5bn WINEP programme mean for consultancies?

The 2021-25 Water Industry National Environment Programme is the biggest scheme of environmental works yet to be undertaken by water companies. ENDS looks at the opportunities it will bring for consultancies

Environmental Politics

How will the government's plans to overhaul the waste sector affect industry?

With the government planning a major overhaul of the UK’s waste sector, Conor McGlone investigates how the proposals could impact the supply chain

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