Minister questioned on Brexit and chemical regulation

12 July 2018

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee asks Minister Thérèse Coffey MP what Brexit means for the regulation of chemicals in the UK.


Wednesday 18 July in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
At 10.30am

  • Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Areas of discussion

Chemicals are a central aspect of the UK’s manufacturing industry, and effective chemical regulation ensures the products we use are safe. It is currently unclear to what extent the UK will remain involved in the EU's regime for regulating chemicals (REACH) after leaving the EU. This evidence session will explore the Government’s intentions for chemical regulation post-Brexit, and seek the Minister’s response to the issues raised by witnesses in the Sub-Committee’s REACH roundtable on 27 June.

Likely questions

  • The transfer of REACH into UK law
  • What associate membership of REACH would look like
  • The steps being taken to prepare an independent chemicals regulation regime
  • What impact withdrawing from REACH would have on animal testing

Further information

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