Ensuring safe explosives for non-military use

European Union (EU) policy on explosives for civil uses has three key aims. These are: i) to establish a single EU market for trade in explosives for civil uses; ii) to harmonise their safety requirements at a high level of protection; iii) to set up an administrative system to supervise transfers of explosives and ammunition.

ACT

Directive 2014/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses (recast).

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS DIRECTIVE DO?

It sets out rules for the placing on the market and supervision of explosives for civil uses in the EU. It does not apply to:

KEY POINTS

The directive lays down manufacturers’, importers’ and distributors’ responsibilities with respect to the trade in commercial explosives.

The directive also:

WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

The directive will apply from 20 April 2016. It replaces Directive 93/15/EEC as of 20.4.2016.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2014/28/EU

18.4.2014

19.4.2016

OJ L 96, 29.3.2014, pp. 1-44

last update 12.02.2015