EU laws retained in no-deal Brexit scenario

By Gwen Ridler contact

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EU regulations will be passed into UK law from day one of Brexit
EU regulations will be passed into UK law from day one of Brexit
EU legislation and regulation on food and nutrition will carry over into UK law from exit day in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has confirmed.

A Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) bulletin – ‘The Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Practical Changes for Industry’ – detailed changes to domestic and EU nutrition legislation that will be made by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018  and existing nutrition regulations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The most notable change would be the transferral of responsibilities from EU organisations involved in risk assessment and management processes for nutrition legislation to UK bodies.

Transferring powers

Functions and powers currently carried out by the EC, such as deciding whether to authorise applications for new health claims, will be transferred to appropriate authorities – the secretary of state in England, ministers in Scotland and Wales and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

Where legislation amended by the Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 requires a list or register to be established, each appropriate authority must produce and maintain a list or register.

UK food business operators seeking to submit applications, scientific dossiers and relevant files currently governed by legislation amended by the new regulation should forward them to the DHSC for consideration. 

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