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UK to give green light to gene editing in overhaul of EU rules ...

The UK government has announced plans to “capitalise on the freedoms from Brexit”, including liberalising gene editing and introducing a marketplace for biodiversity offsetting.

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UK will take speedier green enforcement action than EU, says new watchdog chair

The chair of the UK’s post-Brexit body tasked with overseeing public bodies’ compliance with environmental law expects enforcement action to be “demonstrably more responsive and nimble” than is seen under the EU infringements process.

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Lead shot is target of first restriction under ‘UK REACH’ chemicals regime

Lead ammunition is set to be subject to the first restriction under the UK REACH chemicals regulation, which took effect on 1 January, with the former EU member set to follow Brussels’ example again with measures targeting PFAS and certain tattoo inks expected.

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‘Major weakening’: NGOs warn over industry proposals for UK chemicals regulation

Industry proposals that the UK’s post-Brexit chemicals regulator should rely on “basic and publicly available data” would be a “major weakening” of the chemicals regulation regime, a coalition of green groups and cancer charities has warned.

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UK industry tears into costly ‘backup REACH’

Two dozen industry associations have demanded fundamental change to the post-Brexit version of REACH now in force in the UK, pleading for a “more proportionate, effective, and efficient” system.

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Brexit voids 2,900 REACH registrations

At least 2,900 REACH registrations made by UK entities, around 3% of the total number, are now void due to Brexit and will be revoked, the European Chemicals Agency has said.

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