07/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/13/2020 05:01
The chemicals sector is the UK's second biggest manufacturing industry, contributing £12.6 billion to the UK economy in 2019. It is currently regulated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) under a system known as REACH, but at the end of this year the current arrangements will fall away. This will affect which chemicals can be sold in the UK and exported to the EU, how safety assessments are conducted, and the charges applied for registering a substance.
In November 2018 the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its Brexit: chemical regulation report and began corresponding with then-Minister Thérèse Coffey about the Government's preparations to take over the regulation of chemicals after Brexit. Some of the issues it highlighted were:
The EU Environment Sub-Committee are concerned that the Government has decided not to seek to continue to participate in the EU system, and that after a year and a half the rest of the concerns have not been addressed.
The Chair of the Sub-Committee has written to the Secretary of State to alert him to the Committee's concerns, and to inform him that they will be returning to the issue in the autumn.