On 1 February, the EU advised that new rules restricting access to explosive precursors start applying throughout the EU. The rules contain stronger safeguards and controls on the sale and marketing of dangerous chemicals, which have been misused to produce homemade explosives in a number of terrorist attacks in Europe. Under the new rules, suspicious transactions – whether online or offline – should be reported, including by online marketplaces. Sellers have to verify their customers’ identity and their need for buying a restricted substance. Before issuing a licence for buying restricted substances, Member States need to carry out security screening, including a criminal background check. The new rules also restrict 2 additional chemicals: sulphuric acid and ammonium nitrate. The new EU Regulation strengthens and updates existing rules on explosive precursors, and contributes to denying terrorists the means to act.
The new rules are in the Regulation at –
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