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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Brexit has changed rules and procedures on chemicals

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

Some regulations have changed as the UK has established independent regulatory regimes for the effective and safe management of chemicals following the departure from the EU.

Classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals
Chemicals placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) are regulated by the GB Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation, known as GB CLP.

HSE is the GB CLP Agency and carries out certain CLP functions formerly undertaken by the European chemicals agency (ECHA).

CLICK HERE for information and guidance on how to comply with the GB CLP Regulation.

Export and import of hazardous chemicals (GB PIC)
The Great Britain Export and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Regulation (GB PIC) now applies in England, Scotland and Wales.

Businesses exporting or importing PIC-listed chemicals from or to Great Britain are required to comply with the new GB PIC regime.

CLICK HERE for information on the PIC regulations.


The EU REACH Regulation was brought into UK law on 1 January 2021. This is known as UK REACH.

HSE has updated its REACH guidance after Brexit. CLICK HERE to see if there are actions your business needs to take.