The Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022

Jurisdiction: Great Britain

Commencement: 31st December 2022


  • The Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety Regulations 2003

Mini Summary

The Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety Regulations 2003 implement article 7 of Directive 80/876/EEC allowing checks to be carried out by the enforcing authority to make sure that any ammonium nitrate based fertiliser manufactured chemically and containing more the 20% by weight of nitrogen, and described as an ‘EC fertiliser’ satisfies the detonation resistance test.




The transitional provisions introduced by The Fertilisers and Ammonium Nitrate Material (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019,  as amended by ​​​​​The Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022,  are extended by 5 years. These Regulations apply to Great Britain (GB) and come into force on 31st December 2022.

  • The detonation resistance testing of ammonium nitrate imported into Great Britain can be carried out at competent laboratories based within the UK or the EU until 31st December 2027.
  • The ammonium nitrate imported from EU countries is exempt from the 60-day limit on the validity period for a detonation resistance test until 31st December 2027.

The transitional provisions apply to relevant ammonium nitrate material imported into Great Britain within 7 years from `IP completion day`*.

IP completion day* means 31st December 2020 at 11.00 p.m.

There are no changes to duties for organisations.

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