A new EU Regulation which restricts the introduction into the State, the acquisition, possession or use by members of the general public of certain chemical substances, which can be used as explosives precursors, has now come into force.


What is an Explosives Precursor?

An explosives precursor is a chemical substance which can be made into an explosive with relative ease e.g. by mixing or blending with other substances, or by simple chemical processing.


The Legislation

The EU Regulation is given effect in Ireland by S.I. 611 of 2014, the European Union (Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors) Regulations 2014.

See the S.I. below for further information, along with EU Regulation 98/2013 and various guidance documents on the subject.
 
•    S.I. 611 of 2014 - European Union (Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors) Regulations 2014 (PDF-195KB)

•    Regulation 98 - 2013 Explosives Precursor Regulation (PDF-788KB)

•    Guidance on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursor (PDF - 126KB)

•    Guidance for the Retail Sector on the sale of Explosives Precursors  (PDF - 121KB)

•    Guidance for Members of the General Public on Explosives Precursors (PDF - 112KB)