Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) in an implementation period
The UK is strongly committed to the effective and safe management of chemicals. This will not change after Brexit.
Our priorities are to:
- ensure the continued effective and safe management of chemicals to safeguard human health and the environment
- respond to emerging risks and allow trade with the EU that is as frictionless as possible.
Preparations for an implementation period
The UK will no longer be a Member State of the European Union during an implementation period, but market access will continue on current terms. This means that UK-EU trade will be able to continue on the same terms as now until the end of an implementation period.
What businesses need to know about an implementation period
During an implementation period:
- classification, labelling and packaging arrangements in place before the UK leaves the EU will continue to be valid in the same way that they are now
- the UK will recognise all new and revised harmonised classification and labelling adopted through the EU arrangements.
- we expect that HSE will not act as an EU CLP competent authority and will not participate in Risk Assessment Committee (RAC), CARACAL, CLP working group or REACH Committee meetings managed by the European Commission or an EU Agency. However, HSE may participate in EU/ECHA public consultations, commenting on new and revised harmonised classification and labelling proposals, and will offer, wherever possible, comments on any other proposed changes to CLP.
- UK-based suppliers will have the same rights as EU-based suppliers to have their proposals for harmonised classification and labelling accepted and processed by a competent authority based in another EU Member State provided the affected substance is placed on the market there.
- HSE will continue to operate its CLP Helpdesk and issue e-Bulletins to keep business up-to-date with developments.
- the UK’s (HSE’s) involvement with the UN GHS work will continue as usual.
If there is no deal
We have produced guidance to help you prepare in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal (and therefore without an implementation period).