UK Chemicals Regulations 2022 Highlights

On Tuesday 26 April, Chemical Watch hosted its first in-person conference in over two years. UK Chemicals Regulations 2022 took place both in London and virtually  and was a huge success. It was well-attended  and welcomed many of our Professional Development members. Speakers, delegates and staff were all really happy to be back at an in-person event, with great opportunities to network and improve their knowledge of UK regulations.

Key topics included: 

  • current UK policy; 
  • data sharing and submission; 
  • divergence from EU regulations; and 
  • sector specific regulations for biocides, cosmetics and downstream users. 



Pictures from the event


Delegates at UK Chemicals Regulations provided some very positive feedback about the event:

“Very useful, it depicted the current scenario surrounding the UK chemicals framework very well.” 

“Great to get updates from industry, law firms and government all in one place, and have a day to focus solely on it.” 

“The event was very well organised with a good variety of speakers.” 

“Extremely useful. I'd been out of the loop for a while and found the content to be balanced and informative. Chemical Watch never fail to impress!” 

“It was very useful and well organised, both for participants attending in person as well as online.” 


UK Chemicals Regulations 2022 welcomed over 20 expert speakers, including:

Mary Tomlinson 

Chemicals Strategy, Defra 

Tim Doggett 

Chief Executive Officer, Chemical Business Association (CBA), UK 

James Dancy 

Head of UK REACH service and policy at Defra, DEFRA 

Jo Lloyd 

Partner, ERM 

Tribunal Judge Joe Neville 

Lead Environment Judge, First-tier Tribunal, General Regulatory Chamber 

Simon Tilling 

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, UK 

Raj Takhar 

Senior Subject Matter Expert - Materials Management and Chemical Reporting (Europe), Assent 

Nicholas Shaw Núñez 

Head of International Growth and Regulatory Services, The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA)

View all speakers here

News articles from the conference

Defra official: Intense work but no timescale on UK REACH model 

The UK government will carry out intensive work this year to develop a new REACH registration model with reduced data costs but has no timescale yet for a proposal, a senior official has said, adding to growing frustrations about the post-Brexit regulatory limbo stifling the chemicals industry. Read the full article here 

Top consultants raise concerns about regulatory skills shortage in UK 

The UK is suffering from a shortage of skilled specialists needed to complete the work required by post-Brexit chemicals legislation, two top consultants have warned.The situation raises questions about industry’s ability to meet key compliance deadlines, such as those for full registration under UK REACH, the first of which is in October 2023. Read the full article here 

Related news coverage

Chemical Watch publishes news on UK chemicals regulations so that you never miss important updates. Recent stories include: 

You can find more related articles on the Chemical Watch website.

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