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This consultation on the implementation of an EU regulation on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, and proposed amendments to the Poisons Act (1972), Poisons List (1982) and Poisons Rules (1982), closed in January 2014.
The government response is now available. The new measures will create a unified regime controlling the sale of explosives precursors and non-medicinal poisons to the general public in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland will implement a similar regime, which will come into force separately.
UK implementation of the EU regulation on marketing and use of explosives precursors
This consultation seeks views on the UK implementation of the regulation (EU) no 98/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013 on the marketing and use of explosives precursors.
This consultation concerns the implementation of policy and enforcement regimes to control the sale of explosives precursors and the use and possession of them by the general public.
The aims of the amendments are to increase controls of end users while minimising burdens on businesses.
Proposed changes to the Poisons Act 1972, Poisons Rules 1982, Poisons List 1982 and associated amendment
This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Poisons Act 1972, Poisons Rules 1982, Poisons List 1982 and associated amendments.
This consultation concerns the way the amendments will affect how the Home Office controls sales of non-medicinal poisons and the use and possession of them by the general public.
The aims of the amendments are to increase controls of end users whilst minimising burdens on businesses.
How to respond to the consultations
These consultations both run from 21 November 2013 to 13 January 2014.
Please send us your comments on precursors by using our online form.
Please send us your comments on poisons by using our online form.
Or email your responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Precursors and poisons consultations
5th floor Peel building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
In addition to the EU Reg on precursors Northern Ireland also has controls for 7 precursors which have a wider scope in that in addition to home users and businesses, they also cover government bodies, and schools and colleges. If there is anyone from Nothern Ireland who wishes to take part in this consultation they should use the Northern Ireland consultation form.
With regards to the impacts of the EU Regulations, Northern Ireland will also be depending upon the findings outlined in the Home Office impact assessment. The NIO have made the judgment that the assessed impact on retailers and businesses in Britain would be mirrored in Northern Ireland. They also assess that the impact on government in Nothern Ireland would be negligible as they already run a licensing system for precursors.