Hazardous Substances (Planning) Common Framework: Policy Paper

7 September 2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued a policy paper on the land use planning elements of the Seveso III Directive in the UK, ie where those establishments are sited and what is sited around them following the UK’s exit from EU.

Call for evidence on substance endpoints

7 September 2021

The Health and Safety Executive has issued calls for test data on endpoints related to three substances to avoid unnecessary testing on animals under UK REACH. 

Zero Waste Week 2021

6 September 2021

It’s Zero Waste Week, the time when we are all encouraged to step up as Zero Waste Heroes. This award-winning annual campaign encourages householders, businesses, and community groups to increase recycling, reduce non-recyclable landfill waste and participate in the circular economy, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. For local authorities in particular, this is an ideal opportunity to spread the word about reducing waste and living more sustainably.

IATA backs European Digital Covid Certificate as global standard

6 September 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has commended the European Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make it their global standard for digital vaccine certificates.

Classifying portable and industrial batteries

3 September 2021

Guidance on the definitions, criteria and evidence given to classify portable and industrial batteries has been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

Regulating genetic technologies

2 September 2021

A new report published by the Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC) sets out how the UK could take a leading role in shaping regulation to allow innovative and safe products using genetic technologies to be commercialised.

Framework for land-use planning and hazardous substances

2 September 2021

A non-legislative framework has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to ensure continued co-operation between the Government and devolved administrations in relation to land-use planning around hazardous substances.

Government launches UK-wide antibody surveillance programme

31 August 2021

Thousands of adults will be given daily free access to antibody tests through a new national surveillance programme launched by the UK Health Security Agency (HSA), to help improve understanding of immunity against Covid-19 from vaccination and infection.