Depending on the outcome of EU Exit negotiations, the UK might remain in alignment with the EU system for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). If it does not, an equivalent system for registering chemicals will be put in place, run by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Ramboll is part of the research team, led by RPA and including PTJH Consulting, appointed by DEFRA to carry out a study to both assess the impact of the post-EU Exit chemicals regulatory regime on the operation of businesses in the chemicals value chain, and inform future strategy for implementation and communication of regulatory changes that are developed post-Brexit.
The research is to be carried out through semi-structured interviews, focusing on one or two key chemical products for each interviewee and the company’s expectations for these, post-Brexit. Companies will also be asked for some financial information, to inform Defra’s future economic assessments.
Interviews will be carried out from late January to the end of February 2019. Businesses participating in the interviews may also be asked to take part in follow-up interviews after the 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.