Chemicals Regulation Division

HSE's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) employs around 250 scientific, policy and support staff based at two locations: Mallard House, York and Redgrave Court, Bootle.

Our objectives

Our primary aim is to ensure the safe use of biocides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and detergents to protect the health of people and the environment within the HSE's and Defra's overall objectives.

In particular we support HSE's mission: 'the prevention of death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work'. By early intervention in the supply chain we seek to prevent the adverse effects of chemicals on people and the environment.

We also contribute to Defra's departmental priorities – see the following page for details.

Our responsibilities

We are responsible for the regulation of biocides, pesticides, detergents, chemicals as they are regulated by REACH, and under the Classification and Labelling regime. We work closely with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (which has strategic policy responsibility for pesticides, chemicals and detergents). We also deliver a number of other responsibilities including Prior Informed Consent (imports/exports legislation), specialist expertise to other parts of HSE (e.g. toxicology expertise) and international representation of UK interests in chemicals regulation; and we also provide the secretariat function to a number of Committees and Fora.

Our major role is to deliver Competent Authority functions within EU legislation regulating chemicals, pesticides, biocides and detergents where HSE is the appointed authority for the UK. The principal programmes covered are:

All of our regulatory work is based on scientific evidence to ensure that controls on the sale, supply and use of chemicals are effective.

Updated: 2020-10-22