‘FOR MOST people, the regulation of chemicals is not something that they will often think about, but chemicals are found in pretty much everything – from hand gel to cosmetics. Chemical manufacturing is a vital component of many other industries which is why active substances are so heavily regulated.
The chemicals industry currently faces a ‘double whammy’ with the threat of a no-deal or hard Brexit, and potentially diverging rules between the UK and the EU.
Even if agreement on a trade deal is reached, from January 1, 2021, the UK will no longer participate in the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Testing and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) system and has instead established UK REACH under the Health and Safety Executive.
New applications for active substance approvals, PPP authorisations and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) will need to be separately submitted under the GB and EU regimes to gain access to both markets. The cost to companies having to apply under these parallel systems has been estimated at £1billion.
The Scottish Farmer, 2 November 2020