This seminar will focus on the priorities for policy on chemical regulation following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from James Dancy, Head of EU Exit, Chemicals and Pesticides, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Steve Elliott, Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association and Janet Williams, Head of Regulatory Sciences, Bayer Crop Science Division.

Following the 25 year Environment Plan- which in part committed to publishing an overarching Chemicals Strategy - and the recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance, sessions will assess future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the impact of expanding environmental protections from hazardous chemicals.

It takes place in the context of the Environmental Audit Committee’s on-going inquiry on The Future of Chemicals Regulation, which focuses on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

We expect discussion on the challenges for incorporating key European legislation - such as REACH - into UK law, as well as the role of the regulator and potential for a separate UKREACH.

Attendees will also discuss the potential shape of agreements between the UK and the EU going forward, and what can be done to mitigate the impact of challenges such as duplicate fees facing businesses - particularly small and medium-sized enterprises - when registering chemicals post-Brexit.

Further sessions will look at the opportunities for chemical innovation, the challenges for commercialisationof new products and ways to improve the international competitiveness of UK base chemical manufacturing.

Areas for discussion include:

·          The industry perspective on trade, environmental regulation and the policy framework;

·          Challenges for end-users - product sourcing, cost and engagement with policy development;

·          Improving UK competitiveness, including opportunities for UK-based innovation, commercialisation and positioning in the global market;

·          Priorities for small and medium-sized enterprises - investment, cost and uncertainty;

·          Options for developing environmental protection; and

·          REACH policy following Brexit, challenges for incorporating European chemical regulations into UK law, the future role of the regulator, and potential for ‘UKREACH’.

The draft agenda is regularly updated. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum. Follow us @WEETFEvents for live updates.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: James Dancy, Head of EU Exit, Chemicals and Pesticides, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Steve Elliott, Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association and Janet Williams, Head of Regulatory Sciences, Bayer Crop Science Division.

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at speakeroffers@forumsupport.co.uk specifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.


Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified. Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering around 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from Defra, DIT, BEIS and other relevant Departments, as well as regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, together with a wide range of stakeholders from pharmaceuticals, pesticides and fertiliser manufacturers, textiles and coatings, consultancies and advisory organisations, charities and campaign groups, academia and reporters from the national and trade media.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BEIS, Defra and DIT and other government departments; officials at Environment Agency and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please contact us and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  *   Places at Policy priorities for UK chemical regulation post-Brexit(including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  *   Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  *   Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  *   Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please contact us as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The delegate fee includes copies of the presentations via PDF and refreshments. Cancellation policy is as follows: (1) cancellations 14 or more days before the event: £75+VAT cancellation fee per delegate; (2) cancellations less than 14 days before the event: full fee applies. Promotion cancellation fee applies to all Five for Four offer places. Cancellations must be submitted via the website. If you are unable to submit your cancellation via the website then the cancellation must be notified in writing tothe Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum. No charge will be made for replacement delegates. Transfer of any confirmed booking between events is not possible. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and change the speakers without prior notice. The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is unable to grant extended credit and therefore must request that full payment be made within 30 days from the date of invoice; immediate payment on receipt of invoice less than 14 days before the event. Should payment not be received within the stated terms, the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum will apply an administration charge of £40+VAT.