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Social Research for post EU-Exit Chemicals regime - CX0101

Whatever the final result of EU Exit negotiations, Defra wants to fully understand the implications for the wide range of businesses working within the chemicals sector. We are conducting research to build this understanding. Baseline interviews for this will involve up to 50 depth interviews with representatives of chemical businesses, to be undertaken before 29 March 2019. They will focus on the costs and benefits of current ways of complying with REACH legislation, what chemicals businesses have done to plan for EU Exit, what they expect the challenges and potential benefits of Exit to be and what Defra can do to help them in the process of transition. We would also like to collect some financial information, to inform our economic assessments. The same businesses will be asked to take part in follow-up interviews after EU Exit, to allow exploration of the changes that have actually taken place, and recommended actions for government to take in future.
To assess the impact of the post-Exit chemicals regulatory regime, creating a broad evidence base for development of future policy, and to inform implementation and communications strategies. Baseline research (before 29 March 2019) would aim to collect information from businesses about chemicals they currently use in products, the sources of these chemicals, action currently taken to register their use, and information on chemicals provided to distributors and users of their products. The research would also examine responses to the notices and other messages that have gone out from the UK government in order to provide information on potential changes after EU Exit. This would provide information on levels of understanding, actions planned or taken in response to this messaging, and respondents' views of the implications of regulatory changes for their businesses, the environment and human health.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Monitoring the Impact of EU Exit on Chemicals Businesses   (1105k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2019

Cost: £89,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA)
Economic Research              
Regulatory policy              
Social Research