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4 March 2020

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has welcomed the UK Government’s intention to ‘agree data sharing mechanisms’ through its Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU).

Peter Newport, CBA’s Chief Executive, said, “This is a positive step forward and will be welcomed by the UK chemical supply chain. It is an approach CBA has advocated as the simplest and most cost effective method of maintaining chemical safety and animal welfare.”

“In addition to avoiding multiple registrations for the same substance and the wasteful duplication of databases, the sharing of data supports continuing high safety, health, and environmental standards,” he added.

The original EU REACH legislation (Article 120) envisages such a co-operative third country relationship with the objective of achieving a wider and improved regulatory framework for chemicals.

CBA also welcomes the Government’s intention to look beyond Brexit towards further co-operation on the Global Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of

Chemicals as well as the commitment to develop a memorandum of understanding similar to that the European Chemicals Agency has agreed with Australia and Canada. 

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Further information from: Peter Newport,
Chief Executive Officer
01270 258200


(1) The Government’s intention to ‘agree data sharing mechanisms’ is set out in paragraphs 16 and 17 of The Future Relationship with the EU – The UK’s Approach to Negotiations, dated February 2020.

(2) The CBA represents the independent chemical supply chain. Its membership includes distributors, traders, importers, warehouse operators, along with logistics and transport companies. CBA’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the main industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users.

(3) CBA member companies distribute, pack, and blend more than four million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros. In addition, CBA’s logistics member companies handle more than four million tonnes of chemicals annually.

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