Are you aware of the new EU regulation 1148/2019?

Chemical substances and mixtures are used on a daily basis in a wide variety of industrial and professional processes, as well as by consumers. In industry, chemicals are used to produce products such as paints, rubber, plastics and textiles. Chemicals are also used as food and feed ingredients and as intermediates for other chemicals. In both professional use and as consumers, we may use them in paints, solvents and cleaning agents.

The vast majority of chemicals are traded between businesses for legitimate purposes. However, some chemicals can be misused for the illicit manufacture of homemade explosives. Terrorists and other criminals may seek to purchase the precursor ingredients from the open market. The purpose of EU Regulation 1148/2019 is to prevent certain substances from being made available to those who intend to use them for illegal uses. 

The new Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the marketing and use of explosives precursors imposes new obligations on economic operators, as well as on members of the general public, meaning private persons like you and me. The new regulation replaces the previous regulation (EU) 98/2013 and enters into force on 1 February 2021.

The new regulation lays down harmonised rules in EU countries for the making available, import, possession and use of substances and mixtures that could be misused for the illicit manufacture of explosives. The aim is to limit the access of ordinary citizens to these substances and mixtures and to ensure that suspicious transactions throughout the supply chain are properly reported. What is new is that, in future, legal persons will also need authorisation for precursor ingredients that they do not need in the normal course of their business or profession.

The new rules will strengthen control of the sale of the mentioned substances, as well as oblige all operators to report any suspicious transactions, thefts or losses relating to these substances.

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