Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Policy priorities for UK chemical regulation post-Brexit

Morning, Tuesday, 5th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will focus on the priorities for policy on chemical regulation following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Following the 25 year Environment Plan - which in part committed to publishing an overarching Chemicals Strategy - and the recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance, sessions will assess the future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the impact of expanding environmental protections from hazardous chemicals.

It takes place in the context of the Environmental Audit Committee’s on-going inquiry on The Future of Chemicals Regulation, which focuses on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). 

We expect discussion around the future regulatory framework, with potential no-deal scenarios outlined in the Government’s recent Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal guidance document as well as the challenges for incorporating key European legislation - such as REACH - into UK law, and the role of the regulator and potential for a separate UKREACH.

Attendees will also discuss the potential shape of agreements between the UK and the EU going forward, and what can be done to mitigate the impact of challenges such as duplicate fees facing businesses - particularly small and medium-sized enterprises - when registering chemicals post-Brexit.

Further sessions will look at the opportunities for chemical innovation, the challenges for commercialisation of new products and ways to improve the international competitiveness of UK-based chemical manufacturing.

Keynote Speakers

Steve Elliot

Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association

James Dancy

Head of EU Exit, Chemicals and Pesticides, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Janet Williams

Head of Regulatory Sciences, Bayer Crop Science Division

Simon Tilling

Partner, Burges Salmon

Michael Warhurst

Executive Director, CHEM Trust

Dave Bench

EU Exit - Chemicals, Health and Safety Executive

Tom Bowtell

Chief Executive Officer, British Coatings Federation