Amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 in prospect: Proposals in the Policing and Crime Bill are set to remove the need for amendments to section 182 guidance to be approved by parliament and to enable licensing conditions following incidents of serious crime and disorderto remain in force pending appeals. View >

Consultation on package of measures to improve regulatory delivery: The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued a consultation on detailed guidance for regulators on how they should meet their legal obligations under the duty to have regard to growth. The consultation also includes questions around implementation of a requirement for regulators to appoint a ‘Small Business Appeals Champion and business impact targets for regulators – Closing date 17 March. View >

Devolution of Sunday Trading decisions moving closer: BIS has issued a response to its recent consultation and amendments to the Enterprise Bill to implement the Government’s decision to devolve decisions on Sunday Trading Hours to all Local Authorities and to Mayors under devolution settlements. View > Comment: CBI > BRC > ACS > 

Tightening of rules on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas: The Sentencing Council is consulting on guidelines to introduce tapering of tariff reductions to encourage earlier guilty pleas. Closing date 5 May. View > View >

ASA price comparison complaints rejected: The ASA has rejected ten complaints about a LIDL TV advert claiming a 10% saving on ice cream versus a branded line. View >

Anti-fraud measures for pharmaceutical products introduced: The MHRA has highlighted EU Regulation 2016/161 requiring implementation of unique identifiers on pharmaceutical packaging. View > 2016/161 >

Food Standards Scotland consults on strategy: Food Standards Scotland has issued a consultation of its proposed activities up to 2021. Closing date 4 March. View >

Complaining about the FCA, PRA or Bank of England?: These organisations are consulting on their approaches to dealing with complaints made against them.

Closing date for FCA consultation 8 March. View >

EU Technical Regulations:

  • Removes five flavourings from EU approved list. 2016/178 > 
  • Sets maximum residue levels for boscalid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, folpet and tolclofos-methyl. 2016/156 > 
  • Approves benzovindiflupyr as plant protection product. 2016/177 >