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UK HSE Public Consuiltation on EU Chemicals Legislation

Graham Marshall - Sunday, January 27, 2013

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) is holding a public consultation on regulatory measures to support EU chemicals legislation and proposals on reducing seven existing sets of domestic regulations into one statutory instrument.

The UK HSE is consulting on regulatory proposals for measures supporting three directly applicable EU chemicals Regulations on:

1.  Biocidal Products (EU no. 528/2012);

2.  The Export and Import of Hazardous Chemicals (commonly known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation) (EU no. 649/2012); and

3.  Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures (EC no. 1272/2008).

The proposals implement a Löfstedt recommendation to consolidate biocides sector legislation, and also to meet EU requirements to establish competent authorities, designated national authorities and enforcement arrangements (as appropriate.

Overall the proposal will reduce seven existing statutory instruments into one.

The UK HSE also proposes to put in place new regulations to enable the UK HSE to charge for the work it carries out under the new Biocides Regulation.

This will, however, be covered in a separate consultation on  the proposed fee regime,  including the fee structure and fee levels.

The UK HSE also seek your views on the possibility of recovering HSE’s 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.

This consultation ends on 31 January 2013.

Responses should be sent to:

Deborah Traynor

Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS
Fax: 0151 951 3098


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