Challenges and opportunities for a Chemicals Regulator – Life after BREXIT


Dr Richard Daniels Director of Chemicals Regulation Division - Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Time & Location

Thursday: 10.20 to 10.40, Stage 1

About this presentation

Whilst in the European Union, work on assessing and regulating chemicals was shared across all Member States. As a result of EU exit, the UK has had to establish an independent GB chemical regulation framework and HSE has become the regulator for a range of domestic chemical regimes.

In this talk, Richard Daniels, the Director of HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD), will outline the challenges and opportunities faced by CRD as the new, UK independent regulator responsible for delivering chemical regulation post-Brexit. The talk will provide an overview of chemical regulation in the UK, outlining the steps taken by HSE to enable a continued focus on providing support and certainty for businesses whilst ensuring protection of human health and the environment from chemicals.

Speaker Bio:

Richard is Director of HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) taking up post in March 2020. He joined HSE in 1992 as an inspector and has held numerous leadership positions during his career, most recently as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Explosives. His current responsibilities include leading c340 staff in CRD to support the safe and sustainable use of chemicals in the UK. He is Senior Responsible Officer for overseeing HSE’s arrangements for transitioning CRD (on behalf of HSE) into Great Britain’s Chemicals Regulator –  having successfully delivered the immediate changes required for 1 January 2021 operations. He is joint Chair of the UK Chemicals Governance Group, which supports the future strategic delivery of chemicals regulation in the UK.