Chemicals: Regulation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 4 February 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that UK chemicals regulations conform with the EU-REACH standards in the (a) short-, (b) medium- and (c) long-term.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK has now entered into the transition period. During this period, the UK will remain within the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulatory framework.

At the end of the transition period we will bring EU REACH in to UK law. This will mean that any decision we take as an independent regime will be consistent with the fundamental aims and principles of REACH and based on rigorous assessment of the scientific evidence. We will not change what REACH sets out to achieve, including a high level of protection of human health and the environment.

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