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December, 2018 — The House of Lords (HL) of United Kingdom (UK) has issued a report to clarify future of their chemical regulation after Brexit. HL has recognized that chemicals are key components of consumer products being used daily, thus regulating these chemicals is important.
The report states that UK should still be compliant specifically to Regulation (EC) No. 1907⁄2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
The report also outlines actions that the UK government should do to prepare for UK’s potential withdrawal from REACH. This includes:
- clarifying its intended approach to chemical regulation in the future;
- creating and populating a database of chemicals;
- preparing a UK body to take on the role of chemical regulation in a way that is independent, transparent and scientifically robust;
- enabling businesses, including small businesses, to take pre-emptive action to maintain valid registrations for the EU market; and
- mitigating the economic impact on the chemical industry that would result from leaving the EU system.
The report calls for the Government to clarify the extent to which it intends to maintain EU-UK chemical regulation adoption in the long term.