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Date 5 February 2019
Title Priorities for UK chemicals sector - challenges, opportunities and the future for regulation post-Brexit
Organiser Westminster Forum Projects
Location Central London

This conference will focus on the priorities for policy on chemical regulation in the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The future of REACH and the relationship with the EU

Delegates will discuss the future regulatory framework, including the challenges for incorporating key European legislation - such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) - into UK law, and the role of the regulator and potential for a separate UKREACH.

They will also consider the potential shape of agreements between the UK and the EU going forward, and what can be done to mitigate the impact of challenges such as duplicate fees facing businesses - particularly small and medium-sized enterprises - when registering chemicals post-Brexit.

It takes place in the context of the Environmental Audit Committee’s on-going inquiry on The Future of Chemicals Regulation, which focuses on the European Regulation on REACH, and potential no-deal scenarios outlined in the Government’s recent Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal guidance document.  

Wider developments in UK chemicals policy

Delegates will also assess future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the impact of policy developments aimed at expanding environmental protections from hazardous chemicals.

The discussion is set against the backdrop of the 25 year Environment Plan, which includes a commitment to publishing an overarching Chemicals Strategy, and Defra’s consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance.

Innovation, commercialisation and international competitiveness


Further sessions will look at the opportunities for chemical innovation, the challenges for commercialisation of new products and ways to improve the international competitiveness of UK base chemical manufacturing.

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