Health and Safety Executive

HSE: Transition period: chemicals update

This bulletin contains information on how the regulation of chemicals will change after the UK transition period ends.

Updated guidance has been published for the BPR, CLP and PIC and UK REACH regimes.

The Northern Ireland Protocol was designed as part of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring that the UK could leave the EU as a whole.

Under the Protocol, EU Regulations will continue to directly apply in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

The transition guidance has been updated to detail these provisions. To see what the changes mean for NI businesses visit the HSE webpages:

  • For the updated guidance on the BPR regime.
  • For the updated guidance on the CLP regime.
  • For the updated guidance on the PIC regime.
  • For the updated guidance on the UK REACH regime.

The GB guidance for the PPP regime remains valid. Further updates to the PPP guidance will be published in the coming weeks.

UK Transition webinar – 2 November, 11.00am

Join HSE, BEIS, DEFRA and HMRC for a free introductory webinar Monday 2 November at 11.00am, in which we discuss changes and actions you should take to prepare your business for new rules from January 2021 covering the chemical regimes on Biocides, CLP, UK REACH and PIC.

Register here.

Get access to HSE’s Transition period chemicals podcasts

HSE will be hosting a series of podcasts in the coming months to provide more information on the changes to how chemicals will be regulated from 1 January 2021.

Subscribe here for free access and help your business prepare for the end of the transition period.