CHEMUK 2024 – "Divergence" Panel - EU/GB Divergence – the gap is starting to grow.

Time & Location

Thursday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage 1


Darren AbrahamsPartner, Barrister & Avocat, Steptoe

About this Session

EU/GB Divergence – the gap is starting to grow.

Discussion panel covering off various areas where the EU and GB are starting to diverge.

Join key stakeholders from trade associations and industry who will give a brief update on where divergence is starting to appear; they will explain the consequences, the impacts, the timings, and what companies can do to make it easier.

Key aspects will include:

  • Safety Data Sheets and labels
  • Chemicals of Concern
  • Data Sharing
  • Downstream obligations

Panel members

Chair – Caroline Raine, Caroline Raine Chemical Consultancy Limited
Lorna Williams, CEO, BASA
Eleanor Grimes, Lisam
Darren Abrahams, Partner, Barrister & Avocat, Steptoe
HSE – speaker to be confirmed
Pete Hall, ARC, Authorised Rep Compliance

Speaker Bio:

Darren enables clients throughout the chemicals and life sciences supply chain to get and keep their products on the European market (both in the UK and the EU).

He provides a global clientele (companies, consortia and trade associations) with strategic advice, undertakes advocacy before public authorities and agencies and litigates before courts and tribunals (including the ECHA board of appeal and CJEU).

Darren has a wealth of experience with regulation of biocidal products, plant protection products, REACH, CLP, food and feed, GMOs and wider aspects of environmental law, including extensive work with the Aarhus convention.

Chambers & Partners Europe-wide Regulatory (2020) recognizes his environment and Agro/Food practice, quoting clients’ praise: “exceptional expertise on…regulations on chemicals…and a great ability to understand the complexity of business.” “When it comes to things like REACH and chemicals law, he is the best” and “provides the complete package of client attention and partnership” (2023).