Politico on 19th February reported that the EU has agreed to update its laws restricting household chemicals that can be turned into explosives.  Agreement has been reached to toughen up a 2013 EU Regulation by ending national schemes that allowed people to buy chemicals that could be used to make bombs simply by showing an ID card.  The rules, which should go into effect around the end of 2020, will now require businesses to report “suspicious” sales of some substances within 24 hours — and the change expands them to include online sales platforms like Amazon and eBay.  Most of the substances – “explosive precursors” – also have legitimate industrial uses.  Ammonium nitrate, which can easily be turned into an explosive, is also an important ingredient in many fertilisers, for example.  Hydrogen peroxide, acetone and sulfuric acid, which when combined make TATP — a deadly and volatile mixture that was used in the bombs in Manchester, Brussels and Paris — are also key ingredients in industrial bleach, nail polish and fertilisers.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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