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About The Chemicals Regulation Directorate

Who Are We?

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) is a Directorate of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). We employ around 250 scientific, policy and support staff based at two locations; Mallard House York and Redgrave Court Bootle.

CRD's Directorate Management Team structure can be found here (pdf).

Our Objectives

The primary aim of the Directorate is to ensure the safe use of biocides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and detergents to protect the health of people and the environment.

The Directorate contributes specifically to HSE and Defra’s objectives.

We support HSE’s mission which is ‘the prevention of death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work’. By early intervention in the supply chain we seek to prevent the adverse effects of chemicals on people and the environment.

We also contribute to three of Defra’s departmental strategic objectives:

  • A healthy, resilient, productive and diverse natural environment
  • A thriving farming and food sector with an improving net environmental impact
  • A sustainable, secure and healthy food supply

Our Responsibilities

The Directorate is responsible for the regulation of biocides, pesticides, detergents, chemicals as they are regulated by REACH, and duties under the Classification and Labelling regime. We work closely with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (which has strategic policy responsibility for pesticides, chemicals and detergents). The Directorate also delivers a number of other responsibilities including Prior Informed Consent (imports/exports legislation), specialist expertise to other parts of HSE (e.g. toxicology expertise) and international representation of UK interests in chemicals regulation; and we also provide the secretariat function to a number of Committees and Fora.

Our major role is to deliver Competent Authority functions within EU legislation regulating chemicals, pesticides, biocides and detergents where HSE is the appointed authority for the UK. The principal programmes covered are:

All of our regulatory work is based on scientific evidence to ensure that controls on the sale, supply and use of chemicals are effective.

Statement of Service Standards

We have a Statement of General Service Standards which we aim to achieve: Link to Statement of Service Standards.

Communications Strategy

The Communications Strategy 2008-2009 sets out the way we aim to communicate and outlines the methods, standards and responsibility for Corporate Communications (This has not yet been amended to reflect the creation of CRD).

Reports and Surveys

Annual Review

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) brings together pesticides, biocides, chemicals and detergents regulatory work into a single organisation and is a Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive. The Annual Review for 2009/10 is a commentary on our achievements against the objectives set for the first year of the new Directorate.

Annual Report & Accounts

Past Annual Report and Accounts produced for the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) reported to stakeholders and interested parties on PSD’s performance against the high-level performance targets set by Ministers. They can be found on the following page of the National Archive copy of this site: Annual Reports and Accounts

Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys

Our most recent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey was published in January 2009.

Business Planning

Business Plan

The CRD Business Plan sets out our aims, objectives and targets. The business plan covers from 1 April 2010 to 2013 (year 2010/11).

Sustainable Development Action Plan

Our Sustainable Development Action Plan sets out our key commitments to sustainable development and what we will do to ensure that we can deliver, monitor and report on these commitments.(This has not yet been amended to reflect the creation of CRD)

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