The UK Conservative Party Conference this week was dominated by the major hurdles of Brexit, chiefly the Irish border, immigration policy and trade. However, chemicals continued to feature in discussions across the conference, from small fringe events on environment and trade up to the main stage address from Environment Minister Michael Gove. The deep divisions … [Read more...] about Conservative Party Conference: What does it mean for chemical policy and Brexit?
Today, Monday 24th of September, the UK Government published papers on how the UK plans to transfer EU chemicals law REACH into UK law in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU. In line with other policy areas, on REACH the UK Government plans to copy across the EU law and only modify it to ensure workability. At first glance this might be assumed to ensure that such an … [Read more...] about UK Government publishes preparations for chemical regulation in event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit
In a speech on Friday March 2nd the UK Prime Minister Theresa May stated that the UK wished to discuss the possibility of remaining part of the EU chemicals agency ECHA after Brexit. CHEM Trust welcomes this announcement, but it is important to realise that the other EU governments (the EU27) will inevitably set specific conditions for such participation, and that the risk … [Read more...] about UK confirms it would like to remain in EU chemicals law REACH, but will it meet the EU’s conditions?
On Thursday 1st February, UK politicians gathered in Westminster Hall to debate the future of UK chemical regulations after Brexit. A strong case was made for the business, health and environmental benefits of staying in the EU's world-leading chemicals regulation system REACH. The Chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Mary Creagh argued that … [Read more...] about UK politicians debate EU chemical laws and Brexit; it is argued that new UK chemical regulation would be an “ideological indulgence”
On Wednesday 20th December, UK Members of Parliament will vote on an amendment calling on the UK Government to remain in the EU's REACH chemicals regulations after Brexit. The amendment (NC61), which has been tabled by the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh MP, comes after both industry and civil society groups made it clear that they believe that the UK … [Read more...] about MPs to vote on retaining REACH chemical laws after Brexit, as industry and NGOs step up the pressure
The European Union has created the most sophisticated system for regulating hazardous chemicals in the world, called REACH. CHEM Trust is very concerned that the UK could lose access to this system on Brexit, and we joined with 18 other organisations, from Trade Unions to the Women's Institute, to send a joint letter to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and … [Read more...] about Regulating hazardous chemicals after Brexit: Poor Government response to letter from 19 organisations
On Friday 29th September, a wide range of stakeholders, including companies, politicians, the UK government and NGOs, gathered to discuss Brexit's impact on future chemicals regulation in a comprehensive workshop organised by Chemical Watch, in collaboration with CHEM Trust and Tech UK. The overwhelming message of the event was that the UK should aim to stay in the EU's main … [Read more...] about UK manufacturing industry: Brexit threatens businesses unless UK stays in EU chemical regulations
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of British citizens - including 62% of Leave voters - believe that there should be no reduction in regulatory standards that protect people and the environment from potentially harmful chemicals when the UK leaves the EU, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of SumOfUs and CHEM Trust by GQR Research. As Brexit negotiations continue amid debates … [Read more...] about What is the will of the UK people on hazardous chemicals?
On 29th September the chemicals policy journal Chemical Watch are organising a conference in London on "Post-Brexit options for UK chemicals law". The conference has been organised in conjunction with CHEM Trust and the technology industry trade association Tech UK. The event will bring together a wide range of experts and stakeholders, including speakers from industry, … [Read more...] about Conference on Brexit and future chemicals regulation in the UK, on 29th September in London
PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) are a group of chemicals which were produced in large quantities by companies such as Monsanto, and were widely used in electrical equipment, sealants and paints. Their production was phased out in the mid 1980’s in Europe, and they are now banned by the global Stockholm convention, as they were found to be toxic and to accumulate in wildlife … [Read more...] about Killer whales under threat from persistent PCB chemicals, yet emissions continue