Consultation outcome

Marketing and use of explosives precursors

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This document is in response to the Home Office’s UK wide public consultation launched on 21 November 2013 on the Implementation of the EU Regulation on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors.

As there was an existing Northern Ireland precursors licensing system in place, a separate form was sent to these licence holders on 9 December 2013 seeking their views. Both consultations ran for 7 weeks. The consultation and impact assessment sought views from affected groups on the options for implementation and aimed to strengthen evidence of the impact of each option on the main affected groups.

This report summarises the responses to the consultation and the Government’s proposals in light of the consultation.

The Government carefully considered the responses to the consultation and decided to proceed with the option to allow the general public to purchase Annex 1 chemicals above the concentration thresholds if they hold a valid licence. We have taken stock of the issues raised during the consultation and used the details provided by respondents to develop a practical and simple approach to implementation of the regulation.

The new legislation came into force on 2 September 2014.

Original consultation


The NIO and Home Office are seeking views on the UK implementation of an EU regualtion on the marketing and use of explosives precursors

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Consultation description

This consultation concerns the implementation of policy and enforcement regimes to control the sale of explosives precursors, and the use and possession of precursors by the general public.

Northern Ireland already has existing precursor regulations, which have a wider scope in that they cover government bodies, and schools and colleges in addition to home users and businesses.There is therefore a specific consultation document for NI users to complete.

Details of how people can respond are fully outlined in this document.

All related documents are available on the Home Office consultation pages.


Consultation on implementation of the European Union regulation on marketing and use of explosives precursors

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Published 9 December 2013
Last updated 24 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Government response to the Home Office Consultation on the Implementation of the EU regulation on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors has been added
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