Tighter control over explosive goods
On 17 June, the Riksdag decided to adopt the Government’s bill on stricter control over explosive goods. The amendments to the law mean, among other things, that the current permit examination will be more extensive. At the same time, the regulation regarding, among other things, the possibility of revoking permits is clarified and expanded. The government issued the amendments to the law and decided on amendments to regulations with supplementary rules on, among other things, the permit process.
The ordinance changes mean that the licensing authorities, MSB (The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) and the municipalities, are given increased access to the criminal record and the suspicion register within the framework of the suitability test and that the Police Authority is given a greater role in the licensing process.
For Svemin’s member companies, the change in the law mainly means:
- new requirement for registration for those who participate in an activity with explosive goods (requirement to notify the manager of an activity subject to a permit with flammable goods to the supervisory authority already exists)
- suitability test for those applying for a permit for explosive goods, when the person applying for a permit is a legal person, the test shall also cover the physical persons who have a significant influence over the activities
- the licensing authority shall approve persons registered as participants in activities with explosive goods
- the licensing authority is given increased opportunities for revocation of licenses
- permits decided by a municipality may be valid for a maximum of three years
- crime prevention measures for the establishment of buildings and facilities for the handling of flammable and explosive goods (previously only accident prevention requirements)
> Further reading on riksdagen.se (Swe.)
> Further reading on MSB.se (Swe.)
The new rules will enter into force on 1 August 2021, with transitional provisions until 31 January 2022.