About this consultation
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Producers of Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water. Enforcement Authorities responsible for the enforcement of the Regulations in this sector.
What is the subject of this consultation?
In 2015 all regulation on bottled water of any description was consolidated into the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”). A subsequent EU instrument and enquiries into the application of the 2015 Regulations necessitate amending the 2015 Regulations. The FSA has also drafted guidance on the 2015 Regulations (as to be amended by the proposed Regulations) for comment.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To seek the views of stakeholders on the proposed amendments to the 2015 Regulations, including:
- Transposition of Commission Directive 2015/1787 removing the requirement for check and audit monitoring for spring water and bottled drinking water
- Amendment of regulation 2 on definitions of “fluoride removal treatment” and “ozone-enriched air treatment”
- Amendment of regulation 13 on sale of natural mineral water
- Clarification of regulation 15 on the disinfection of spring water
- Amendment of regulation 17 on the advertising of spring water
- Amendment of regulation 18 on the sale of spring water
- Amendment of Schedule 3 to meet the requirements of Directive 2009/54
- Amendment of parameters in Schedule 7 to match Directive 98/83
- Amendment of Schedule 9 to clarify period of exemption
To seek comments on draft guidance on the 2015 Regulations as amended by the proposed Regulations.
All comments and views should be sent to
Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland
10A-10C Clarendon Road
Publication of response summary
Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.
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 summary of responses 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.