With all the drama around Brexit and whether it is going to happen on the 31st October 2019, and if so what form it will take, I thought the best thing to do is to summarise the information and guidance which affects chemicals regulations for you, as things stand at the moment. (Apologies to our non-UK readers).
The HSE are running two meetings on chemical regulations:
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisations and Restriction of Chemicals), CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) and PIC (Prior Informed Consent). Wednesday 23rd October – Aintree Race Course – Liverpool, book here.
BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation) and PPPs (Plant Protection Products). Tuesday 29th October – Principal Hotel – York book here.
The HSE also have a series of useful links on their website at https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/clp-no-deal.htm and https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/clp.htm and https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/reach.htm and https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/brexit-no-deal-guidance.htm .
The Department of International Trade are running a half-day Webinar tomorrow, Wednesday 16th October, which can be viewed live or later on, as long as you book, which you can do here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/onlinebrexitbusinessreadinessevent/ (specifically includes a section on chemicals).
From the trade point of view, 11 new ‘how to prepare for Brexit videos’ have been published via Twitter. The topics they cover are:
• the UKCA mark
• authorised representatives and importer labelling
• business legal requirements: cross-border mergers and operating in the UK
• business legal requirements: merger review and anti-competitive activity
• use of personal data
• EORI registration
• transitional simplified procedures registration
• using a customs agent
• business travel.
There are some links below. The full list of videos can be found by visiting the @beisgovuk Twitter handle
(You don’t need to be on twitter to get hold of these videos).
The UK government have also published a comprehensive No Deal readiness report at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/no-deal-readiness-report, which may contain extra information to help you navigate through the complexities of the situation.
What is important to remember is that most of this guidance is designed to take effect in the event of No Deal.
It is entirely possible that a Deal may be struck this week between the UK and EU, and if this happens, it is also possible that the chemicals industry may be part of that Deal, for example the UK may be able to stay under ECHA’s supervision for an interim period.
If this happens, I will do my best to let you know as soon as possible.
GHS Classification Courses from TT Environmental Ltd
15th October 2019
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