Memorandum from the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs
Radioactive Substances (Clocks And Watches) (England
And Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/4005)
1. The Committee has requested further information
on the following:-
"How those affected by the instrument have
been made aware of the requirements imposed by it."
2. Trade bodies and horological organisations were
consulted as part of the public consultation exercise in March
2000. These bodies were also consulted during the preparation
of the regulatory impact assessment which accompanies the regulations.
The Department is currently preparing articles for trade publications
which will set out the practical implications of the regulations
and give advice on how to comply with them.
"Given the potential complexity of the requirements
imposed by the regulations, how those subject to them are able
to satisfy themselves that they are complying with them."
3. The regulations will principally affect shops
and businesses belonging to the trade bodies referred to, who
will be aware of their requirements. For specialist advice on
the amount of radioactive material in their products, they may
need to contact the manufacturer of the clock or watch in question.
If the manufacturer is no longer in existence then they can consult
specialist organisations such as the National Radiological Protection
Board, who can take measurements to determine the level of activity.