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Food and drink businesses: are you Brexit ready?
  • United Kingdom
  • 06 February 2020

After more than three years of 'will we, won't we?' uncertainty, 31 January 2020 marked the day that the United Kingdom officially left the European Union; however, this is just the beginning of the real process of change. The rest of 2020 will see the United Kingdom transition out of the European Union and there are currently still more questions than answers about what the legal, regulatory and trading landscape will look like for UK food and drink businesses on 1 January 2021.

Chemicals, Brexit and path to UK REACH
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 January 2020

In January 2019 draft regulations were laid before Parliament to ensure that regimes governing biocidal products, hazardous chemicals and chemical classification can continue to operate after Brexit. The regulations swiftly followed similar legislation that would create a UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regime and a UK chemicals agency. Despite industry calls for close regulatory alignment with the European Union, a UK REACH now looks highly probable.

Why is a change to allergen labelling laws necessary and what will happen next?
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 September 2019

The government recently announced that food businesses will soon be required to provide full ingredient labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale. Such products will also need to clearly state whether their ingredients include any of the 14 declarable allergens. This will benefit all consumers with allergies, who will be able to clearly see from the label whether a pre-packaged product contains any of the declarable allergens, regardless of where the product was prepared and packaged.

Chemicals regulation after Brexit: blueprints for BPR, CLP and PIC regimes
  • United Kingdom
  • 07 March 2019

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. The regulations swiftly follow similar legislation that would create a UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regime and a UK chemicals agency. They are largely consistent with previous implementing legislation published ahead of Brexit and attempt to preserve the status quo.

REACH enforcement in 2019: is your business prepared?
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 February 2019

A statutory instrument was recently published that would create a UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and a UK chemicals agency after Brexit. For companies that manufacture products or import substances into the European Union, REACH compliance will no doubt be part of their 2019 strategy – and if it is not, it should be.


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