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This section provides information on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the regulatory environment for the safe use of chemicals. It is particularly relevant to both UK-based companies and companies based in the remaining 27 EU Member States and the EEA countries where the current legislation will continue to apply.

The section will be updated if and when a Withdrawal Agreement with a potential transitional arrangement is agreed. Once the Withdrawal Agreement is concluded, it will need to be ratified by the European Council, the European Parliament and the UK. This process may last until early 2019. 

More information on the negotiations

The European Commission, under a negotiating mandate from the European Council, conducts the withdrawal negotiations with the UK government. As an EU regulatory agency, ECHA is not party to these negotiations.

A dedicated task force on Article 50 negotiations with the UK, headed by Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, conducts the negotiations with the UK on behalf of the other 27 EU Member States.

The EU-27 have committed to conduct the withdrawal negotiations with the UK in a transparent fashion. You can find more information and consult the negotiating documents on the Task Force’s official web pages.

Similarly, the UK government is publishing its position papers on a dedicated website.

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