Policy paper

Scotch whisky technical file

This is a technical file in support of the Scotch whisky Geographical Indication (GI) status.

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


Scotch whisky technical file


Spirit drinks products in the EU are subject to the provisions of EU spirit drinks legislation. This legislation means that Member States have to give a technical specification for the spirit drinks they manufacture that have a Geographical Indication (GI) status.

On 29 August 2013 Defra submitted the official UK Scotch Whisky technical file to the Commission in support of the Scotch whisky GI.

The technical files for such spirit drink GI’s set out the technical specification and other conditions which the spirit drink must comply. As all technical files must be made public the current UK’s official Scotch whisky technical file is available for those wishing to produce and market Scotch whisky.

The technical file is being examined by the Commission and may undergo some small changes. Any agreed changes to the technical file will be explained and an updated version will be made available.

Published 2 September 2013