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Explosives Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2016

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The Explosives Regulations 2014 (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (ERAR2016) came into force in Great Britain (GB) on 20th April 2016 and implement the recast of the civil use explosives directive.  Equivalent requirements will come into force in Northern Ireland in due course.

ERAR2016 amends and updates the requirements for making civil use explosives available on the EU market and must be read alongside the Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014).

The civil use explosives directive is one of 9 directives that have been updated, or ‘recast’ as part of a package known as the new legislative framework (NLF). The NLF aims to improve market surveillance requirements across a range of products on the single market. The recast pyrotechnics directive Description: link to external website has already been transposed into GB law through the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 Description: link to external website.

Some of the main changes between the requirements in ER 2014 and ERAR2016 include:

The regulations are supported by a suite of overarching and subsector guidance.

Further information

Updated: 2020-07-28