Draft regulations have been laid before Parliament to ensure that regimes governing biocidal products, hazardous chemicals and chemical classification can continue to operate after Brexit. 

Further legislation to ensure that EU rules on chemicals, biocidal products and genetically modified organisms will continue to operate under UK law after Brexit have been laid before Parliament. It follows hot on the heels of similar legislation creating a 'UK REACH' and a UK chemicals agency (more details to be found here) and there are some common themes, as we explore in this note. The draft Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were laid before Parliament on 21 January 2019. As with the draft regulations creating a UK REACH, these rules will only come into force on exit day in the absence of an EU-UK deal, but whether or not a deal is reached before or after 29 March 2019, the draft regulations provide us with an insight into the approach government is taking to the regulation of chemicals after Brexit.

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