26th October 2017

Consultation on introduction of civil penalties for infringements of the “F” Gases Regulations

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Scottish Government are consulting on the introduction of civil penalties in England, Scotland and the marine areas for infringements of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations.

These measures are being considered to address concerns about whether the current penalty system provides sufficient deterrence against non-compliance. Consultation closes 24th November.

26th October 2017

HSE consultation on Approved List of biological agents.

The HSE is consulting on revisions to the Approved List of biological agents.  Consultation closes 31st December.  The Approved List of Biological Agents classifies biological agents hazardous to humans into hazard groups (HG). The Approved List had its last significant revision in 2013. Aspects under consideration:

the classification and addition to the list of previously unlisted pathogens; challenges to the hazard group classification for existing pathogens; changes to pathogen names and taxonomy since 2013; suggestions to improve the style and structure of the list.

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24th October 2017

Consultation on changes to control of mercury.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is consulting on the implementation of the requirements of EU Regulation 2017/852 on Mercury, which will be contained within the Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017. Consultation closes 21st November.