UK admits it ‘cannot keep pace’ with EU chemicals regulation

The UK’s post-Brexit chemicals regulator will need another four years before it reaches full capacity to perform its tasks, according to a government watchdog.

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ECHA adds lead fuel additive to authorisation list

Tetraethyl lead, a petrol additive once described as ‘one of the most serious environmental threats to human health’, has now been placed on the EU’s authorisation list.


REACH: Health and environment groups set out demands for reform

The European Commission should ease the burden on national chemicals regulators by streamlining the process to restrict substances and placing more responsibility for safety assessments on industry, a group of 21 health and environment NGOs has said.


Analysis: Why the UK lags behind the EU on chemicals rules

While the UK government promised leaving the EU would not lead to watered down green protections, campaigners warn its approach to chemicals is ‘heading in a worrying direction’. Will the more ‘industry-friendly’ approach undermine the REACH regime?

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UK takes aim at EU law in renewed red tape drive

The UK plans to introduce new rules allowing the government to remove retained EU law, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced, in a new attempt to cut regulation.


Commission urged to bridge funding gap for ‘green’ space missions

At the annual European Space Conference in Brussels, lawmakers debated the solutions for a “glaring” €750m funding gap for climate and biodiversity monitoring tools as part of the Copernicus programme.

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