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Changes due to Brexit

Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.

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What is the Designated National Authority?

Regulation (EU) 649/2012 requires that Member States designate an Authority to carry out the administrative functions of the regulation; and that has responsibility for controlling imports and exports of chemicals covered by the Regulation; and provide for appropriate sanctions in the event of infringements.

The Biocidal Products and Chemicals (Appointment of Authorities and Enforcement) Regulations 2013 establishes the Health and Safety Executive as the Designated National Authority for Great Britain.

Who enforces PIC in Great Britain?

Enforcement of PIC in Great Britain is carried out jointly by the Health and Safety Executive: HM Revenue and Customs and the Border Force.

What powers do enforcing authorities have?

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the European Community Customs Code provide enforcing authorities with a range of tools to secure compliance with the law and to ensure a proportionate response to criminal offences.

Details of HSE’s approach to enforcement, powers, penalties and offences can found on HSE’s Enforcement Pages.

Updated: 2017-12-06