The Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

Last updated:
27 March 2015
This consultation seeks stakeholders' comments on the proposed Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.


Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Beekeepers, individuals and businesses involved in the honey trade, enforcement authorities, consumers, consumer organisations, retailers, trade associations, wholesalers.

What is the subject of this consultation?
The proposed Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 will revoke and replace the Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 as amended, in order to implement Council Directive 2001/110/EC as amended by Directive 2014/63/EU in Northern Ireland.

What is the purpose of this consultation?
To provide interested parties and stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on the proposed Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

Consultation details

The purpose of these proposals is to revoke and replace the Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, as amended, with the Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, and to:

  • transpose Commission Directive 2001/110/EU as amended by Directive 2014/63/EU relating to honey
  • enable the enforcement of and replace criminal sanctions with the use of improvement notices for non-compliance with the requirements of the revised EU Directive

The public consultation will seek the views of stakeholders on options for change that will be applied through a new statutory rule. The options being considered are:

  • Option 1 – do nothing. This retains the current legislative position as set out in the 2003 Honey Regulations as amended and do not transpose Directive.
  • Option 2 – provide for the implementation of Directive 2001/110/EC as amended by EU Directive 2014/63/EU.

Option 2 is the preferred option.

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment (Business Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland) has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.

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Publication of personal data and confidentiality of responses

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The FSA will publish a summary of responses, which may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

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