Proposal to streamline seven UK chemical regulations into one


The HSE also proposes to charge for work it does under the new Biocides Regs

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and (in relation to the EU Prior Informed Consent Regulation) HSE Northern Ireland, are consulting on regulatory proposals for measures supporting three directly applicable EU chemicals Regulations on:

    Biocidal Products (EU 528/2012);
    Export and Import of Hazardous Chemicals, commonly known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation (EU 649/20120; and
    Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures (EC 1272/2008).

The proposals implement a recommendation by Lofstedt to consolidate biocides sector legislation, and also to meet EU requirements to establish competent authorities, designated national authorities and enforcement arrangements. Overall the proposal will reduce seven existing statutory instruments into one (the '7 into 1' package).

The HSE also proposes to put in place new regulations to enable HSE to charge for the work it carries out under the new Biocides Regulation. However, this will be covered in a separate consultation on the proposed fee regime, including the fee structure and fee levels.

The HSE also seeks views on the possibility of recovering HSE costs under CLP, and are further consulting on unrelated administrative amendments to other domestic chemicals regulations.

No changes are proposed to the main duties for Biocides, PIC and CLP, which are, or will be, established at EU level in directly applicable Regulations.

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The consultation began on 20th December 2012 and ends on 31st January 2013. For more information visit the HSE consultation pages on the HSE website