Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Eighteenth Report


Memorandum from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Radioactive Substances (Clocks And Watches) (England And Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/4005)

1. The Committee has requested further information on the following:-

"How those affected by the instrument have been made aware of the requirements imposed by it."

2. Trade bodies and horological organisations were consulted as part of the public consultation exercise in March 2000. These bodies were also consulted during the preparation of the regulatory impact assessment which accompanies the regulations. The Department is currently preparing articles for trade publications which will set out the practical implications of the regulations and give advice on how to comply with them.

"Given the potential complexity of the requirements imposed by the regulations, how those subject to them are able to satisfy themselves that they are complying with them."

3. The regulations will principally affect shops and businesses belonging to the trade bodies referred to, who will be aware of their requirements. For specialist advice on the amount of radioactive material in their products, they may need to contact the manufacturer of the clock or watch in question. If the manufacturer is no longer in existence then they can consult specialist organisations such as the National Radiological Protection Board, who can take measurements to determine the level of activity.

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