Social Research for post-EU Exit Chemicals Regime

Social Research for post-EU Exit Chemicals Regime

Depending on the outcome of EU Exit negotiations, the UK may (or may not) remain in alignment with the EU system for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).  If not, a UK equivalent system for registering chemicals will be put in place, run by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned a team led by RPA to assess the impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union (‘Brexit’) on the operation of a broad range of businesses in the chemicals value chain - click here to see a letter confirming our appointment.

We are looking for companies willing to take part in semi-structured interviews (of around one hour) on their expectations post-EU exit and provide information that will help Defra to assess the costs and benefits of future options for a new UK regime for chemicals.   Please note all data will be handled in accordance with the privacy notice.

If you/your company would like to be a part of the study, please complete the registration form at this link.

We have also launched an on-line survey which is aimed at different types of businesses including manufacturers, importers, Only Representatives, distributors, formulators and downstream chemical users in key industry sectors. 

Click here to participate in the survey 

Further details on the study

The overall objectives of this research are to:

  • Assess the impact of the post-EU Exit chemicals regulatory regime on the operation of a broad range of businesses in the chemicals value chain; and
  • Inform future strategy for implementation and communication of regulatory changes that are developed post EU Exit.

A research team led by RPA and comprising Ramboll and PTJH Consulting Ltd (PTJH) has been appointed to carry out the study.  

The research is to be carried out through the use of semi-structured interviews, focusing on one chemical product for each interviewee and company’s expectations post EU Exit.  We would also like to collect some information on compliance costs, to inform Defra’s future economic assessments. 

Interviews will be carried out from late January to the end of February 2019.  Companies participating in the interviews may also be asked to take part in follow-up interviews after EU Exit, to allow exploration of the changes that have actually taken place, their costs and benefits, and recommended actions for government to take in future. 

Defra and HSE guidance in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Guidance from Defra and the HSE can be found below:




** ECHA update ** You may also be interested to note that new instructions concerning EU Exit are now available on ECHA’s website:

ECHA recommends companies to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario ahead of the UK’s withdrawal on 30 March 2019. With continued political uncertainty regarding the withdrawal agreement, the Agency urges companies to act now to continue complying with their obligations under the REACH; Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP); Prior Informed Consent (PIC); and Biocidal Products (BPR) regulations.

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