Archive for February, 2017

Regulation (EU) 219/2017 (OJ:L34/18/2017) concerning the authorisation of a preparation of Bacillus subtilis (DSM 27273) as a feed additive for weaned piglets and weaned minor porcine species (holder of authorisation Chr. Hansen A/S)

This Regulation authorises the use of Bacillus subtilis (DSM 27273) in preparation of food additive for piglets and minor porcine species.
The Annex to this document contains information about the category of zootechnical additives and details the composition, chemical formula, description and analytical method.
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Regulation (EU) 216/2017 (OJ:L34/5/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 98/2013, as regards adding magnesium powder to the list of explosives precursors in Annex 2

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 98/2013, on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, adding magnesium powder to the list of explosives precursors.
Annex 2 of Regulation (EU) 98/2013, containing the list of explosives precursors, has been amended to add magnesium powder.
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Regulation (EU) 214/2017 (OJ:L34/1/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 98/2013, as regards adding aluminium powder to the list of explosives precursors in Annex 2

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 98/2013 , on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, adding aluminium powder to the list of explosives precursors.
Annex 2 of Regulation (EU) 98/2013, containing the list of explosives precursors, has been amended to add aluminium powder.
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Increased control is necessary to allow national authorities…

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Regulation (EU) 216/2017 (OJ:L34/5/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 98/2013, as regards adding magnesium powder to the list of explosives precursors in Annex 2

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 98/2013, on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, adding magnesium powder to the list of explosives precursors.
Annex 2 of Regulation (EU) 98/2013, containing the list of explosives precursors, has been amended to add magnesium powder.
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Increased control is necessary to allow national authorities to prevent…

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Regulation (EU) 214/2017 (OJ:L34/1/2017) amending Regulation (EU) 98/2013, as regards adding aluminium powder to the list of explosives precursors in Annex 2

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 98/2013 , on the marketing and use of explosives precursors, adding aluminium powder to the list of explosives precursors.
Annex 2 of Regulation (EU) 98/2013, containing the list of explosives precursors, has been amended to add aluminium powder.
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Increased control is necessary to allow national authorities…

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Safety Abroad) Bill

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Regulation (EU) 227/2017 (OJ:L35/6/2017) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis(pentabromophenyl)ether

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis(pentabromophenyl)ether.
The amendment to Annex 17 of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 outlines the situations in which bis(pentabromophenyl)ether may be used.
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The Commission concluded that an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment arises from…

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Safety Abroad) Bill

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Regulation (EU) 227/2017 (OJ:L35/6/2017) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis(pentabromophenyl)ether

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis(pentabromophenyl)ether.
The amendment to Annex 17 of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 outlines the situations in which bis(pentabromophenyl)ether may be used.
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“Snoopers Charter” to allow HSE to access suspects’ browsing history

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators will soon gain new powers under the so-called “Snoopers' Charter” and be allowed to access suspects' browsing history in the preceding 12 months as well as telephone usage data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

The Act, which received royal assent on 29 November 2016, will give the regulators and authorities the power to obtain Internet connection data from service providers such as websites visited, social media activity and information about when emails were sent. 

However, this element of the Act has been postponed due to the lack of certainty over the safe collection of that type of information. The Government and the Internet companies need to co-operate to develop procedures and security systems. The Home Office stated, that it is during the development of plans for implementing the provisions and will set out the timetable “in due course”.

The existing legislation, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) allows the HSE to access certain types of data, such as the name and address of a subscriber to a mobile phone number and their telephone bills. This data allows to distinguish “who, where, when and how” in a communication but not its content.

Along with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the police, Government agencies such as the Food Standards Agency, Gambling Commission and Competition and Markets Authority, the HSE will be able to access these records upon an issue of a warrant. An HSE spokesperson said on this matter, that the regulator only uses its current powers provided by RIPA “sparingly”. According to the provided information, in 2016 the HSE only made five requests for RIPA communications data.

A typical example of the use of communications data powers by HSE is to “identify the full name and address of an individual who has carried out illegal gas work where only a first name and mobile phone number is known. This is in order to allow the action to be taken to prevent them carrying out future illegal and potentially dangerous gas work”.

The public authorities were told, that to be able to access the communications data they would need to apply to the Home Office for a warrant. Lawful use of this data will be overseen by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner who will be a senior judge. This role will be created under the new Act.

Editor's note

This Act will also amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to give similar powers to the Environment Agency.

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