Following our recent guest blog we wanted to bring you an update on REACH legislation and to urge you to contact your MP.  Please read on to find out more.

 

Currently, the people and environment of the UK are protected from hazardous chemicals by the EU's leading chemicals policy, REACH, which, although not perfect, is considered the best chemical regulation in the world. During the last decade, REACH has gathered the most comprehensive database of chemicals on earth and It has made more progress on problematic chemicals than any other regulatory system. But all this might change for the worse once we leave the EU.

 

Last summer the Government published the EU Withdrawal Bill with the purpose of transferring all existing EU legislation into domestic UK law to ensure a straightforward transition on the day after Brexit. However, due to the centralised nature of EU chemicals law, it is not possible for the UK to simply amend REACH to make it work in the UK. If the UK does not stay in REACH after Brexit, it will lose access to its database, potentially putting the environment and people’s health at risk because the UK Government would not be able to properly assess whether or not a chemical was harmful.

 

Aware of this risk, some MPs are backing a new amendment to this Bill -called New Closure 61 -  If selected, this amendment will be debated on the 20th December. 

 

Some key information:

  • If selected, it will be debated: Day 8 (20/12)
  • Tabled by Mary Creagh
  • Supported by: Caroline Lucas, Martyn Day, Kerry McCarthy and Helen Hayes.

                                        

Amendment text: 

To move the following Clause:

“Regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction

of Chemicals (REACH)

(1) The Secretary of State must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the United Kingdom participates in the standards and procedures established by the Regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (“REACH”) (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) after exit day.

(2) Subject to the provisions of the withdrawal agreement, steps under subsection (1) may include regulations under section 17, or another provision of this Act, providing for full or partial participation of the United Kingdom in REACH.”

Member’s explanatory statement

This new clause would ensure that after withdrawal from the EU, the UK continued to participate in the Regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

 

It is crucial that MPs vote in favour of CN61. So please email/tweet your MP on 20th December asking him/her to support this amendment.   

What can you do?

Find your MP - HERE

Suggested tweet: @mention - Keep me protected from #harmfulchemicals. Support REACH amendment CN61 by attending debate on 20/12 and supporting this important amendment

Use this template to write or email HERE

Please contact Andrea Speranza on andrea.speranza@chemtrust.org for more information.