Consultation on the proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

Consultation opened on 25 October 2017. Closing date 21 November 2017.


The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published the above named consultation paper as part of a UK-wide consultation. We invite you to participate and seek views on proposals to implement certain requirements of the Regulations. Attached is a letter from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which provides full instructions to interested parties on how to access the consultation document.


Consultation description

The European Parliament and Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on Mercury on the 17 May 2017. This filled gaps in existing EU mercury legislation with the aim of enabling the EU and its Member States to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The EU Regulation controls imports and exports of mercury between the EU and non-Member States, restricts the use of dental amalgam, sets requirements for the storage and disposal of mercury, and restricts the creation of new mercury-added products or new manufacturing processes involving mercury from the 1 January 2018. 

Whilst the provisions of the EU Regulation are directly applicable in UK law, domestic regulations are required to designate authorities for the enforcement of the regulation’s provisions as well as offences and penalties. The approach proposed by government is set out in details contained within the consultation document.

The consultation document and associated documents can be accessed through the Respond Online link below. Online responses to the consultation can be submitted via the same link. Further details of alternative methods for responding are set out in the consultation letter.

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