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Export and import of hazardous chemicals (PIC) if there is a no-deal Brexit

If the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal we would establish an independent standalone Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regime.

UK PIC would be based on the existing EU regime, with amendments to enable functions presently carried out by the EU to continue.

UK exporters would continue to notify exports of listed chemicals via the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the UK PIC Designated National Authority (DNA) (appointed jointly with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland). UK-based companies exporting or importing listed chemicals (including to or from EU countries) would need to comply with the requirements of UK PIC.

If you are intending to export a PIC-listed chemical to the EU (or to a non-EU country for the first time in 2019) during the first 35 days after Exit and you have not already been contacted by the UKDNA, please contact us NOW at


Although much of the existing system would continue to apply, there will be changes:

More information

Further information and instructions will be published in the coming months. We aim to give businesses and individuals as much certainty as possible as soon as we can, and to ensure that any new requirements are not unduly burdensome.

Scenario table to help you prepare

This scenario table sets out a number of actions and dates that your company would need to investigate so that you can prepare for a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

Updated 2019-09-24