Consultation outcome

How HMRC propose to verify Scotch whisky

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

HMRC has published a summary of responses to its consultation on the proposals to verify the Geographical Indication for Scotch whisky. Between the closure of the consultation and the publication of this document, the verification scheme has been finalised and will be launched on 10 January 2014. The verification scheme is published as a stand alone document and also as part of a technical note on theHMRC website.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


A consultation on how HMRC proposes to verify the Geographical Indication (GI) for Scotch whisky.

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Consultation description

The consultation sought comment from Scotch whisky producers involved in any of the five identified production processes (fermentation, distillation, maturation, blending and bottling/labelling). Comments were sought on how HMRC should verify the GI of brands, recover associated costs and issue certificates of verification.