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Future of chemical regulation investigated by Committee

27 June 2018

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee hosts a roundtable discussion to explore what Brexit will mean for the regulation of chemicals in the UK.

Witnesses

Wednesday 27 June in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Anita Lloyd, Legal Director, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Roz Bulleid, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy, EEF
  • Libby Peak, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance
  • Silvia Segna, REACH Executive, Chemical Industries Association
  • Peter Smith, Executive Director for Product Stewardship, Cefic

Areas of discussion

The chemicals sector is the UK's second biggest manufacturing industry, and it exports 55% of its output to the EU. It is currently unclear to what extent the UK will remain involved in the EU's regime for regulating chemicals (REACH) post-Brexit. The approach the Government decides to take will have implications for trading arrangements, the UK's freedom to legislate, costs to Government and businesses, information sharing and the environment.

Likely areas of discussion include:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of continuing to participate in REACH vs setting up a domestic regime for regulating chemicals
  • What steps Government and businesses need to take to prepare for a possible exit from REACH
  • How other non-EU countries interact with REACH

Further information

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