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Chemical industry and MPs agree on future of REACH

May 15, 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee published the results of its inquiry into the future of chemicals regulation after Brexit on 27 April, to which the British Coatings Federation (BCF) submitted a response.

The BCF in a press release announced that: “The committee’s 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.”

The BCF represents the interests of 95% of the UK’s coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings manufacturers and comprises of over 160 companies, the majority of which are SMEs. The industry has a direct impact on over £180bn of the UK’s GDP, supporting more than 300,000 jobs. The paint, printing inks and wallcoverings industries supply the construction, home improvement, printing, automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing sectors worth over £150 billion to UK plc which employ more than 1 million people.

“I’m pleased the inquiry report is synonymous with the results of the chemical industry survey on the future of REACH in the UK,” Tom Bowtell, chief executive of the British Coatings Federation, said.

“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,” Bowtell added.

“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.”


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