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24th January 2019

“No-Deal”advice from the HSE

HSE have published guidance to companies which supply or purchase substances, mixtures or articles to and from the EU/EEA and the UK in the case of a “no-deal” Brexit occurring.  They state that in a “no-deal” scenario, the UK and the EU regulatory agencies would operate independently from each other.  They add that in order to maintain or gain access to both markets, companies will need to ensure that the substances, or substances within a mixture or article, are registered separately with both agencies (ECHA and the UK Agency, i.e. the HSE).

5th December 2018

UK REACH additional no-deal guidance

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released additional guidance, published on HSE’s Brexit webpages, on how chemical businesses and other stakeholders will be affected in the event of a no deal outcome.

This guidance expands on, and should be read in conjunction with, the Technical Notice published on 24 September 2018.


29th October 2018

Preparation for Brexit

In preparation for Brexit the government has published statutory instruments in relation to environmental assessments and the planning regime. Before these statutory instruments are formally laid in Parliament, they have to go through a sifting process. These instruments make no substantive changes of policy, but when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) these instruments will ensure the continued smooth operation of the following regimes relating to the environment and the planning system:

Environmental Impact Assessment – which aims to ensure that environmental considerations are taken into account at the development consent stage of the planning process Strategic Environmental Assessment – which aims to ensure that environmental considerations are taken into account at the strategic plan-making stage of the planning process Hazardous Substances Regulations – these ensure that the objectives of preventing major accidents, and limiting the consequences of such accidents, are taken into account in land-use planning

These instruments also make a small number of amendments to other planning legislation, for example where there are references to obligations in EU law which are redundant or no longer appropriate.

The amendments in these instruments will ensure that these regimes will continue to operate as they did before the date we leave the EU will not be retrospective, and so there will be no need to re-examine any decisions made before our EU exit purely as a result of these changes.