Representing the UK Explosives Industry


The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 have been implemented today (21.07.15). They bring in new provisions which harmonise the obligations of economic operators and introduce new requirements to improve the traceability of pyrotechnic articles.

The Regulations and Explanatory Note are below. The impact assessment and transposition note are available alongside the regulations on the website at

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What is this consultation about?

The consultation is about how the UK implements two new EU Directives on pyrotechnic articles – which include fireworks. As the Directives have already been made, we can’t influence their contents.   But we do want to get the views of stakeholders on how we are implementing those Directives. We have set out a number of specific questions on which we are asking for responses. We plan to get rid of the old pyrotechnic regulations (Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010) and replace them with a new set of regulations.  A draft of the new regulations is in the consultation document.

Who will be interested in it?

Following the introduction of the Explosives Regulations 2014 EIG has produced a series of Brief Guides to assist members of the explosives industry.  These brief guides are not intended to replace the HSE sub-sector guides to ER2014 but to point users where to find more information.  The guides are subject to review and users should ensure they have an up to date copy from this website.

eigbriefPlease read the Introduction for more information.

#1 – Commercial manufacture of explosives

#2 – Commercial storage of larger quantities or higher hazard explosives

#3 – Storage of explosives at mines, quarries and in support of similar activities such as demolition

#4 – Professional firework display operators

#5 – Manufacture and storage of ANBI

#6 – Wholesale storage of hazard type 3 and hazard type 4 fireworks

#7 – Retail of hazard type 3 and hazard type 4 fireworks

#8 – Retail of pyrotechnic articles

#9 -Storage of pyrotechnic articles in support of other commercial activities

#10 – Using explosives in an educational environment

#11 – The 24 hour rule

#12 – Military explosives and CE marking

#13 – Explosive Classification

expdemo2This Guide contains a list of suitable demonstrations for a variety of audiences and includes, where available, links to further information.

The stimulation of potential future scientists by exciting practical demonstrations under controlled conditions is a fundamental part of all scientific education. There are many exciting experiments involving explosives and energetic systems that can be undertaken in an educational environment without requiring special permissions or extensive precautions. Examples of such experiments can be found in the Demonstrations section of this guide.

The demonstrations may be suitable for use:-

  • In schools
  • In higher educational establishments
  • As part of science festivals or demonstrations or lectures

Advice is given on a practical approach to complying with the requirements of the Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2-14) for those persons who are not required to have a licence. Nothing in this guide, cialis india however, removes the requirement to restrict the amount of explosives manufactured for the purposes of demonstrations.  Advice is also given on compliance with the requirement for an explosive certificate under the new regulations.

The guide has been produced by a joint working party of  the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Royal Institution (RI) and the Explosives Industry Group of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI/EIG).

The current version of this Guide may be downloaded by clicking this link

Explosives in Educational Demonstrations Guide

Please always ensure you have an up-to date copy.

It is presented in Adobe pdf format for viewing on screen, but also is formatted so that it may be printed as an A4 or A5 booklet.

Revision Log:

  • 24 November 2013 – V1.1 – Initial publication
  • 1 October 2014 – V2.1 – minor revisions for Explosives Regulations 2014






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Guide on Risk AssessmentA Practical approach to Risk Assessment which is relevant to small companies including wholesale and retail organizations involved in the storage, distribution and supply of explosives including fireworks.

The guide has been prepared in association with the Explosives Industry Forum.

The guide may be downloaded free of charge – Risk Assessment Guide

Online versions of the Drafts for CEN Enquiry from  CEN/TC 212/WG 5

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Anyone can view and comment on the online versions by logging onto the system (after registering on the first visit). The public comment period for these drafts ends on 31 July 2011

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