Consultation outcome

Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of equipment and the supply chain

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Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of equipment and the supply chain - summary of responses

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Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing (or equivalent) of the supply chain - summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

There are two summary response documents to this consultation.

‘Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of equipment and the supply chain - summary of responses’ was published on 5 December 2016, and summarised the responses on the mandatory licensing of tobacco manufacturing machinery.

‘Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing (or equivalent) of the supply chain - summary of responses’ was published on 6 November 2017, and summarised the responses received on possible licensing of the tobacco supply chain, and sets out the next steps.

Original consultation

Summary

A consultation on the control of tobacco manufacturing equipment and possible licensing of those involved in the supply chain for tobacco products.

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Consultation description

This consultation is about Article 6 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Protocol. The aim of the Protocol is to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.

At Autumn Statement 2015 the government announced its intention to consult on Article 6 of the Protocol.

Article 6 of the Protocol is concerned with registration or licensing of participants who trade in tobacco and tobacco products.

The consultation is seeking views on two aspects of Article 6:

  • the mandatory control of tobacco manufacturing equipment
  • whether the UK should license wholesalers, retailers, brokers etc of tobacco products

The government is keen to ensure that any response to the illicit tobacco trade is proportionate and does not add an undue administrative burden on business. It will therefore be seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders to establish clear evidence-based rationale for its decisions.

No decisions have yet been made in relation to whether parties in a supply chain should be licensed or whether some but not all parties should be licensed.

Documents

Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of equipment and the supply chain

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Published 25 February 2016
Last updated 6 November 2017 + full page history
  1. Published a second summary of responses document 'Tobacco Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing (or equivalent) of the supply chain - summary of responses' which summarises the responses received on possible licensing of the tobacco supply chain, and sets out the next steps.
  2. Published summary of responses.
  3. First published.