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"The Legal Register and Super User Function has been used by NHS Scotland Health Boards since 2008, it is a valuable tool that provides a central register and individual sites registers allowing NHS Boards to track environmental compliance across their entire estate"

Wendy Rayner
Sustainability Manager, Health Facilities Scotland, National Services Scotland

"Universities are faced with a bewildering array of Environmental Legislation. We place great value in the annual visit from our Waterman consultant who presents all our obligations on our easily accessible Legal Register to show how we comply."

Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Lancaster University

"Waterman provided comprehensive support to secure our PPC Environmental Permit in 2006. Central to our permit conditions is an obligation to manage compliance with Environmental Legislation; Waterman's Legal Register has for 10 years met these obligations and kept our SHE team firmly up to date with evolving regulation"

Martin Sagar
SHE Manager, Cold Drawn Products Ltd

"The Legal Register Super User functions allows me to manage compliance across 10 Doncasters sites while assigning direct control to site managers. Our Waterman consultant’s programme of Gold Compliance audits and Silver Reviews keeps us firmly on the right side of ever changing obligations"

Mick McGann
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Doncasters Bramah

"As a five year Greenspace client, we've benefitted from a personal service to manage compliance with our EHS legal obligations with links directly to our ISO 14001 Aspect Register. Having everything up to date in one place, has been a weight off my mind putting me firmly in control of HSE risks."

Nigel Southam
HSE Officer, Blanc Aero (UK) Ltd

Legal Calendar

September 2021

Hazardous Substances/Chemicals

Regulation (EU) 2020/217 amends the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to update classification and labelling requirements for 38 chemicals.

Two new precautionary statements will be introduced and additional labelling requirements will apply to products containing titanium dioxide. 

July 2021


Directive (EU) 2019/904 introduces policies that aim to reduce the use of single-use plastic products across the EU. Products affected include items made of oxo-degradable plastics, cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates and food and beverage containers.

This Directive is required to be transposed to law in every EU Member State by 3 July 2021. This is after the date the UK is expected to have left the EU. Therefore, it is not clear whether this Directive will be implemented in the UK or not.

March 2021

Buildings / Fire Safety (Scotland)

The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 will extend the building standards system to require automatic fire suppression systems to be installed in further buildings. These systems will be required in buildings containing a flat or maisonette, social housing dwellings or shared multi-occupancy residential buildings.

January 2021

Details of the UK-only version of REACH that is expected to operate from 1 January 2021 have been published.

UK manufacturers and importers will ultimately be required to register chemicals under UK REACH to continue selling them in the UK. UK downstream users of chemicals may also assume responsibilities for notification and registration under UK REACH.

January 2021

Producer Responsibility (Scotland Only)

The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020 will introduce a deposit and return scheme for single-use packaging used to supply soft drinks in Scotland. To place these products on the market, organisations will be required to register with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or a Compliance Scheme.

January 2021

Producer Responsibility (Scotland Only)

The Environmental Regulation (Enforcement Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 will enable regulators to apply civil sanctions for breaches of the forthcoming deposit return scheme for single-use soft drinks packaging in Scotland.

Monetary penalties and enforcement undertakings may be applied.

January 2021

Hazardous Substances (EU)

Regulation (EU) 2020/878 will amend the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. This amendment updates the information that must be included in safety data sheets. 

Organisations required to prepare safety data sheets have until 31 December 2022 to update these documents.

January 2021

Climate Change / Energy, UK

The draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 sets out a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). The UK ETS is planned to operate from the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

If implementation of the UK ETS does not go ahead, a carbon emissions tax will be applied.

31 December 2020


The Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Unloading and Storage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020 will update the EIA regime for offshore oil and gas activities.

The regulations include updated requirements on consultation.

30 October 2020

Planning (Scotland)

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 will permit the installation of compliant reverse vending machines without planning permission, where attached conditions are met. This change aims to help retailers meet take-back duties under the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020.

October 2020

Climate Change  / Energy (Great Britain)

The Climate Change Agreements (Administration and Eligible Facilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 support the extension of the climate change agreement scheme until 31 March 2025.

A new target period will apply to these agreements, which provide a climate change levy discount in return for energy reduction targets.

October 2020

Producer Responsibility (England)

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 ban the supply and sale of plastic straws, cotton buds and drinks stirrers in England from October 2020. The regulations provide a limited number of exemptions from this ban.

October 2020

Producer Responsibility (England Only)

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 will prohibit the sale of single-use plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers. The regulations will also apply exemptions from the ban. 

October 2020


The Waste (Circular Economy) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amend five Acts and 17 regulations to bring the Circular Economy Package of Directives into force.

This includes changes to the waste exemption and waste operations permit regimes, while requirements are also updated on packaging.

September 2020

Transport (UK)

The Road Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2020 apply an updated type approval process for motor vehicles and trailers. These regulations support the application of the EU Type Approval Regulation (EU) 2018/858, which will be retained as UK law after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

September 2020

Planning, England

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 consolidate a series of commercial, business and community use classes. Planning permission is not required for changes within these broader classes. This aims to improve the flexibility for the use of buildings.

31 August 2020

Planning, England

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 enables the upward extension of up to two storeys to dwellinghouses or to form dwellinghouses without planning permission. These developments may only be undertaken where attached conditions can be satisfied and require prior approval from the local planning authority. 

August 2020

Regulation (EU) 2020/1149 amended Annex XVII (restrictions) to the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

Manufacturers and suppliers of products containing diisocyanates will be required to communicate that users must have suitable training before industrial or professional use from 24 February 2022. Users of these products will need to obtain this training by 24 August 2023.

22 July 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships) Regulations 2020 implement up to date obligations regarding garbage discharges from ships under the international MARPOL Convention.

Requirements apply to UK ships and other ships within UK waters or controlled waters.

22 July 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships) Regulations 2020 implement the current requirements on the manage of sewage and its discharge on ships under Annex IV (Sewage) of the international MARPOL Convention.

Requirements apply to UK ships engaged on international voyages including in Polar waters and other ships within UK waters or controlled waters.

20 July 2020

Climate Change / Energy, Great Britain

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 extend the commissioning deadlines for installations that applied for the non-domestic renewable heat incentive tariff guarantee between 17 July 2019 and 29 June 2020. The domestic renewable heat incentive scheme is extended by a year.

Cost control measures under both schemes were updated.

20 July 2020

The Draft Building Safety Bill is intended to apply a more stringent regime for building control and ongoing management of on higher-risk buildings in England (i.e. those with more than six storeys at least two or more residential occupants).

Dutyholders will be required to manage building and fire safety risks throughout design, construction and occupancy.

12 July 2020

Corporate Social Responsibility, EU

The "Taxonomy Regulation" (EU) 2020/852 establishes a framework for the classification of economic activity deemed environmentally sustainable. This aims to promote sustainable investment and finance.

12 July 2020

Wildlife / Biodiversity

The Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 will amend a range of legislation concerning wildlife and/or animal welfare offences.

The legislation increases the penalties for these offences, while enabling the introduction of fixed penalty notices for certain breaches.

July 2020

Hazardous Substances (EU)

Regulation (EU) 2020/784 amends the Recast Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EU) 2019/1021.

The Regulation adds perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds to the list of chemicals that are prohibited and/or where the measures must be taken to eliminate their production, use, import and export.

July 2020

Hazardous Substances (England & Wales)

The Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply stricter requirements on PCB-contaminated fluids.

Transformer fluids with a PCB content of more than 0.005% by weight (50ppm) may not be used after 31 December 2025, unless the unit holds less than 50 millilitres of these fluids. 

July 2020


The consolidated Consigning Special Waste Guidance document from SEPA collects a range of regulatory position statements under the Special Waste Regulations 1996.

Significantly, this relaxes the requirement to submit pre-notification copies of consignment notes to SEPA before the waste is collected, where the waste collection and destination locations are both in Scotland.

30 June 2020

Climate Change/Energy (UK)

A consultation response presents proposals for the design of a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS).

The proposed UK ETS could be operated as a UK-only system or as a system linked to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The UK ETS aims to simplify participation in the scheme, while applying an emissions cap 5% lower than the UK's share of the EU ETS cap for phase IV. 

24 June 2020

Climate Change / Energy (UK)

The Energy Efficiency (Building Renovation and Reporting) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 require the UK to prepare a long-term strategy to renovate residential and non-residential buildings to deliver high levels of energy efficiency and decarbonisation by 2050. This may be supported by appropriate financial measures and advice.

June 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements) Regulations 2020 apply updated requirements on life-saving appliances and arrangements for UK ships and ships in UK waters, other than classes III through VI(A).

This reflects the current version of Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), including the International Life-Saving Appliance Code (LSA Code).

26 May 2020

Climate Change / Energy (UK)

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amended the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

The declaration of conformity for external power supplies must now reference current ecodesign requirements for external power supplies in the UK and EU. These updated requirements have applied since 1 April 2020.

19 May 2020

Miscellaneous (UK)

The UK Government has published its draft intended text of a UK-EU free trade agreement. This includes commitments on environmental protection.

The draft agreement is supported by a series of Annexes concerning matters including energy, air transport, fisheries and civil aviation safety.

19 May 2020

Planning (Wales)

The Planning Applications (Temporary Modifications and Disapplication) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 temporarily revises requirements on the planning regime in Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Applications for major developments and developments of national significance may be made available electronically until 18 September 2020.

18 May 2020

Planning (Scotland only)

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2020 bring further sections of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 into force.

These sections will require that planning applications will need to be submitted for the use of dwelling houses as short-term holiday lets in certain areas. Specified large developments will also be required to include 'changing places' public toilet facilities.

14 May 2020

Planning (England)

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure, Listed Buildings and Environmental Impact Assessment) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 temporarily modify and relax requirements on planning applications, listed building or conservation area consent applications and applications for developments requiring an environmental impact assessment.

This allows information to be communicated electronically until 31 December 2020.

30 April 2020


Regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have published a series of COVID-19 regulatory position statements. These temporary statements provide greater flexibility to reflect COVID-19 restrictions.

The statements concern regimes such as environmental permitting, radioactive substances regulation and waste management.

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