FSA Consultation Letter, 15 August 2008
Council Directive 80/777/EEC (as amended) on the exploitation and marketing of natural mineral water is being consolidated and reissued under a new reference number. This means that the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations (England) 2007 need to be amended by a new Statutory Instrument to update existing references to Council Directive 80/777/EEC. Responses are requested by: 26 September 2008
The final consolidated Directive is expected to be published in October. There will not be time to consult on a new Statutory Instrument before the new Directive comes into force. The Agency is therefore consulting on a draft Statutory Instrument, based on the current draft consolidated Directive. It is not expected that this Directive will change significantly before its publication.
The draft Statutory Instrument, The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations (England)(Amendment) Regulations 2008:
Similar legislation will apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The amending legislation will not result in any substantive changes; therefore the Agency does not intend to produce an Impact Assessment. If, however, you believe that this new SI will result in a significant change, requiring an Impact Assessment, we would welcome your comments and supporting evidence by 26 September 2008.
A copy of the consultation package, including the current version of the new Directive, is available on this site. See: Natural Mineral Water consultation