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Chemicals

We advise on the environmental and health and safety impacts of bulk and specialty chemicals in various uses and applications and the potential regulatory and liability issues associated with them.

Our multi-jurisdictional chemicals practice group has a strong record of advising a number of leading multinational chemicals companies, as well as downstream users of chemicals across different sectors on sensitive issues surrounding the regulatory/liability risks arising from their products and services.

We have worked extensively on Europe’s REACH regime. This has included advice on:

  • registration obligations in complex supply chains
  • disclosure of information to regulators and third parties
  • analysis of trading operations to determine REACH obligations
  • the authorisation powers (and the inclusion of substances on the candidate list) including related legal challenges
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • REACH audits by regulators
  • supply chain terms

We provide advice on developments under the CLP Regulation and track and advise on the development of equivalent global requirements.

News & insights

Consultation on update of the Commission’s “Blue Guide” on EU product rules

Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

Consultation on update of the Commission’s “Blue Guide” on EU product rules

The European Commission has invited stakeholders to comment on issues that should be included in the next update of the Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules (the Blue Guide). The invitation can be found here. Suggestions should be sent to GROW-B1@ec.europa.eu by 15 January 2020. 

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Trees and sky

Publications: 09 JANUARY 2020

European environmental law and policy: What’s in store for 2020?

The start of a New Year is a good time to take stock as to what we can expect in European environmental law and policy over the next 12 months. Unlike previous years, 2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year at both a European and member state level particularly as regards climate change. 

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

European Green Deal: roadmap to a climate neutral Europe

On 11 December 2019, the new European Commission announced its much-awaited European Green Deal (EGD)1, which sets out a wide range of major policy and legislative proposals to transition Europe to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050. 

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News: 17 DECEMBER 2019

By January 1st 2020, specific companies operating in Australia will need to have a mandatory whistleblowing policy in place

The window for establishing and implementing a specific whistleblower policy has now almost closed. 

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Recognition

Global REACH legal services

REACH: How can Allen & Overy assist you?

REACH is one of the most ambitious pieces of legislation to come out of Europe to date and has already had far-reaching and costly implications for all players in the chemical supply chain.