Module 3, Introduction to European and UK Chemical Regulation (3.005)

  • 06 June 2018
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • H10 London Waterloo, 284 to 302 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8RQ
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Module 3, Introduction to European and UK Chemical Regulation

At the end of this one-day module participants will have the knowledge and understanding to navigate the complexities of chemicals legislation, and increased confidence to apply it their own areas. In particular participants will: 

In particular participants will:

  • have an overview of chemicals legislation at EU level, which the UK adopts or mirrors, and which will continue to apply after ‘Brexit’

  • understand how this legislation regulates chemicals:
    • for supply (placing on the market) and transport
    • in the workplace and the environment
    • be able to identify the different approaches adopted in regulating chemicals, e.g.
      • bans or prohibitions
      • authorisation or restriction
      • notification
      • setting down ‘rules’ to be followed by dutyholders
      • understand the difference between EU Regulations and Directives, and the roles of EU Agencies such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA)

      • understand how EU legislation is made, how it evolves, and how it applies in the UK

      • be familiar with key terms such as hazard, risk, substance, mixture, placing on the market, manufacturers, importers, distributors, downstream users, etc.

      • understand the underlying approach to chemical risk assessment and risk management to protect people and the environment, and the mechanisms for communicating information about the hazards and risks of chemicals

      • have an insight into what will happen to chemicals legislation on ‘Brexit’.

      If you want to see the bigger picture and understand the principles behind the regulation of chemicals, or if you are wondering what is going to happen to EU Regulations and Directives on chemicals when Brexit happens, then this module is for you. It also provides a stepping stone to other CHCS modules on more specific areas such as transport of dangerous goods, biocides, preparing safety data sheets, classification and labelling, risk characterisation, as well as chemistry, toxicology and ecotoxicology.


      Although the UK will no longer be part of the EU after Brexit, the provisions of European Regulations and Directives on chemicals will continue to apply in the UK, at least for the foreseeable future. Knowledge of European chemical regulation, therefore, will remain essential, not only for those exporting chemicals to EU Member States but also for those supplying and using chemicals only in the UK. 

      Module Tutor

      Robin Foster studied chemistry at University College London, and took a PhD at Cambridge. He is head of policy in the Health and Safety Executive’s International Chemicals Unit, a small policy team based in London. He represents the UK Government on a range of chemical issues, including classification and labelling of chemicals, REACH, and chemical agents in the workplace.

      Robin led for the UK in negotiating the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (1272/2008) (CLP) and the Biocidal Products Regulation (528/2012). He is actively involved in the development of CLP at EU level and in the Globally Harmonised System at UN level, and is presently vice-chair of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System for classification and labelling.

      Delegate Feedback

      Comments from delegates attending previous courses:

      “General but with specific examples – thought provoking and good for cementing understanding”

      “Great opportunity to discuss issues relevant to our role and ask questions related directly”

      “Practical exercise was very helpful”

      "Overview of the EU legislative process was very informative and pitched at the right level."

      “Linked all areas together to give the big picture”

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      Delegates can be substituted at any time, subject to payment of membership fee if applicable. However, once booked, the full fee is payable. As this is a limited space training event refunds can only be made if CHCS is notified in advance, and is able to successfully re-offer the place to another delegate.

      CHCS reserves the right to alter or cancel the programme due to circumstances beyond our control. If CHCS cancels, then refunds will be made.

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