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Certain substances and mixtures are explosives precursors and can be misused for the illicit manufacture of explosives. The European Union Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives, adopted by the Council on 18 April 2008, called on the Commission to establish a standing committee on precursors to consider measures and prepare recommendations concerning the regulation of explosives precursors available on the market, taking into account their cost- benefit effects.

The Standing Committee on Precursors, established by the Commission in 2008, identified various explosives precursors that are susceptible to being used to detrimental effect and recommended that appropriate action be taken at Union level.

Furthermore, in view of the fact that some Member States already have well-established registration systems, which are used to control the making available on the market of some or all of the substances restricted by this Regulation which are not to be made available to members of the general public, it is appropriate to provide Regulation for a system of registration applicable to some or all of those substances.

In order to ensure the greatest degree of uniformity for economic operators, a regulation is the most appropriate legal instrument to regulate the marketing and use of explosives precursors.

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures ( 3 ) provides that substances and mixtures classified as hazardous are to be correctly labelled before being placed on the market.

It further provides that economic operators including retailers are either to classify and label such substances or to rely on the classification made by an up-stream actor in the supply chain. It is therefore appropriate that all economic operators, including retailers, which make available substances restricted by Regulation to members of the general public, ensure that the packaging indicates that the acquisition, possession or use of that substance or mixture by members of the general public is subject to a restriction.

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SIG have introduced a reporting mechanism throughout their supply chain for 'suspicious' transactions.

Transactions should be refused for suspicious activity, such as unfamiliar with intended use, unusual quantities or combinations, no proof of identity or payment by large amounts of cash.


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Other sources of information:  http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eutr2013/index_en.htm

Last Updated: 24/07/2017
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