Industry and MPs aligned

The Environmental Audit Committee’s report into the future of chemicals regulation after Brexit has been welcomed by the British Coatings Federation (BCF).

BCF claims the report was aligned with the views of the coatings and wider chemical industries, reflecting the sector’s concerns on the complexities around transferring REACH into UK law with the Great Repeal Bill, clarification needed from government on REACH registrations, retention of registrations, and the difficulties of having a separate UK system of chemicals regulation.

Tom Bowtell, chief executive of BCF, said, ‘I’m pleased the inquiry report is synonymous with the results of the chemical industry survey on the future of REACH in the UK. Over three quarters of BCF members said that a separate UK chemical regulatory system would be bad for business, which is acknowledged as being expensive for the taxpayer and industry.’

‘It’s clear from our members that access to the single market is vital, and it’s positive that the inquiry report notes that the UK should negotiate to remain a participant of REACH. I hope the Government will pay the report heed by taking a pragmatic approach to the future of the UK’s chemical regulations and provide certainty to the industry.’