LEGISLATION UPDATE: New UK Habitats Regulations 2017


The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017

The new Regulations (The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (S.I. 2017/1012) consolidate the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/490) with subsequent amending instruments, and make minor modifications reflecting changes to related legislation.

They are designed to transpose Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (“the Habitats Directive”).

It should be noted that the Regulations extend to England and Wales (including the adjacent territorial sea) & to Scotland in respect of reserved matters and to Northern Ireland in respect of excepted matters.

The Regulations come into-force on Thursday, 30 November 2017.

As a consequence of the new Regulations, the whole of The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/625) has been revoked with the revocation of the following Regulations with the exception of the highlighted regulations:

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/490) with the exception of:

(a) regulations 1 to 3;
(b) regulation 73 so far as it relates to planning permission granted by a general development order made before 30th November 2017;
(c) regulation 77 so far as it relates to a special development order made before 30th November 2017;
(d) regulation 78 so far as it relates to a local development order made before 30th November 2017;
(e) regulation 78A so far as it relates to a neighbourhood development order made before 30th November 2017;
(f) regulation 79 so far as it relates to a simplified planning zone scheme adopted or approved before 30th November 2017;
(g) regulation 80 so far as it relates to—
(i) an order designating an enterprise zone made before 30th November 2017, or
(ii) a modified enterprise zone scheme approved before that date;
(h) regulation 132;
(i) Schedule 6

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/1927) , the whole Regulations except for:
(a) regulations 1, 25 and 26; and
(b) regulation 2, so far as it relates to regulations 25 and 26

Any organisation with a legal obligation to protect habitats and species should revise their Legal Register and to review the compliance obligations and actions necessary to ensure compliance.

A copy of the Regulations can be freely downloaded here

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 17 November 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles from this past week, which saw the Parliament debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill and proposals for a new environmental standards regulator, are:

New environmental protections to deliver a Green Brexit (SkemNews, 17 November 2017)

Green Brexit push set to continue despite amendments defeat businessgreen, 16 November 2017)

UK government ’10 years late’ on air quality targets (The Guardian, 16 November 2017)

UK to consult on post-Brexit environmental standards body (ChemicalWatch, 16 November 2017)

Environmental laws must be protected post-Brexit, MP warns (EnergyVoice, 16 November 2017)

‘Time running out’ for transposition of EU environmental law (EnvironmentAnalyst, 16 November 2017)

PMQs and MPs debate EU withdrawal bill – as it happened (The Guardian, 15 November 2017)

U.K. Conservative Rebels Hold Their Fire on May’s Brexit Bill (Bloomberg, 15 November 2017)

Brexit: Ministers see off early EU Withdrawal Bill challenges (BBC News, 14 November 2017)

Theresa May’s cabinet is tearing itself apart over who is in control of Brexit (BusinessInsiderUK, 14 November 2017)

Environmental Policy Forum concerned with the EU Withdrawal Bill policies (ResourceEfficientBusiness, 14 November 2017)

CIfA SUPPORTS ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENT AS EU WITHDRAWAL BILL RETURNS TO PARLIAMENT (thePIPELINE, 14 November 2017)

Brexit’s Critical Five Weeks: The Key Dates as the Clock Ticks (Bloomberg, 13 November 2017)

Brexit: Theresa May’s government to face Tory rebellion over EU Withdrawal Bill amendment (CityA.M., 13 November 2017)

Farming groups give Gove’s new environmental watchdog lukewarm reception (FarmersGuardian, 13 November 2017)

‘Green Brexit’ will safeguard environment (EuropeUnion, 13 November 2017)

Green Brexit? Gove unveils plan for new UK environment watchdog (BusinessGreen, 13 November 2017)

New environmental protections to deliver a Green Brexit (gov.uk, 12 November 2017)

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove (BBC News, 12 November 2017)

Government to set up environmental watchdog to deliver ‘green Brexit’, says Michael Gove (Independent, 12 November 2017)

New environmental protections to deliver a Green Brexit (SkemNews, 12 November 2017)

EU preparing for possible collapse of Brexit talks – Barnier (BBC News, 12 November 2017)

EU planning for collapse of Brexit talks, says Michel Barnier (The Guardian, 12 November 2017)

Johnson and Gove ‘penned secret letter to PM giving Brexit instructions’ (Shropshire Star, 11 November 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: Devolved administrations are being kept in the dark over Brexit negotiations (The National, 10 November 2017)

Theresa May vows to face down attempts to thwart Brexit legislation (Shropshire Star, 9 November 2017)

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 10 November 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Theresa May warns rebels as Brexit talks set to resume (BBC News, 10 November 2017)

Britons Can Still Reverse Brexit, Article 50 Architect Says (Bloomberg, 9 November 2017)

Brexit trauma and the GBP (growthbusiness, 9 November 2017)

EU´s Michel Barnier asks if UK will stick with `European model´ on regulation (MailOnline, 9 November 2017)

Echa clarifies post-Brexit REACH ‘paper registration’ rules (ChemicalWatch, 8 November 2017)

As Brexit slowly judders into reality, civil servants are leaving in droves (The Guardian, 8 November 2017)

Brexit is an opportunity to strengthen our environmental laws (blastingnews, 8 November 2017)

Roseanna Cunningham reaffirms commitment to EU’s “environmental principles” (CommonSpace, 7 November 2017)

Brexit minister Steve Baker attacked over Brexit impact study ‘delay’ (BBC News, 7 November 2017)

Let civil servants do their job: the Brexit impact studies should not be published (CSV, 6 November 2017)

The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too (The Guardian, 6 November 2017)

Trade associations lobby against deposit return scheme, letters reveal (TalkingRetail, 6 November 2017)

May and Corbyn to set out competing views of Brexit negotiations (The Guardian, 6 November 2017)

Brexit: No progress on agriculture and fishing deal, says Scottish rural minister (The Scotsman, 6 November 2017)

Trump adviser Ross says UK-US trade deal will mean scrapping EU rules (The Guardian, 6 November 2017)

Brexit: Call for new committee to scrutinise legislation (BBC News, 5 November 2017)

Theresa May kickstarts trade talks by accepting £53bn bill (The Times, 5 November 2017)

Gove hints at single UK air quality standard after Brexit (AirQualityNews, 3 November 2017

UK seeks close energy relationship with EU after Brexit (wnn, 3 November 2017)

UK to establish new regulator to address gap in post-Brexit green governance (ClimateAction, 3 November 2017)

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Only ISO 14001:2015 audits from 15 March 2018


IAF_communique on ISO 14001Building on report made in earlier posts (Final IAF Guidance on the transition to ISO 14001:2015One year to ISO 9001 and 14001 transition deadline), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has published a further communiqué arising from their recent Annual General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada on 28 and 30 October 2017.

As the three-year transition for ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 moves into its final year, the IAF has passed a resolution that, as of 15 March 2018, conformity assessment bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial, surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions – ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015.

It is further noted, that the joint ISO/IAF Communiqué: One year to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 transition deadline (15 September 2017) marking one year to the transition deadline, that the new versions of ISO 9001 and 14001 make very logical progressions from previous versions, delivering standards which address the key issues for both today and the future.

The IAF reminds users that the new ISO 9001 promotes enhanced leadership involvement in the management system, introduces risk-based thinking and aligns the quality management system policy and objectives with the strategy of the organisation.

Whilst, the changes in ISO 14001 focus on key issues such as protecting the environment improving environmental performance, lifecycle thinking and organisations’ environmental leadership.

As a final reminder, the IAF provides a warning “that failure to achieve certification to the 2015 standard by the deadline (15 September 2018) means that your certification is no longer valid and this may affect your ability to supply to all markets”.

A copy of the IAF Communiqué: Important information for Certification Bodies regarding the transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 can be freely downloaded here

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 3 November 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Gove calls for need to set up independent environment regulator post-Brexit (FarmingUK, 2 November 2017)

Brexit: Lesley Griffiths warns over farming powers (BBC News, 2 November 2017)

Think-tank report calls for farm subsidies to be abolished post-Brexit (FarmingUK, 2 November 2017)

Brexit blockbuster: 6 things we learned from UK committees (Politico, 2 November 2017)

Most of UK’s fruit and veg is from other EU nations ‘so Brexit impact may be dramatic (The Guardian, 1 November 2017)

Dangerously polluted air in 44 UK towns and cities (EnergyLiveNews, 31 October 2017)

EFTA model ‘best way’ to ensure UK does not undercut EU on environment standards (IEGPolicy, 31 October 2017)

New report shows future farming needs the environment after Brexit (InsideEcology, 30 October 2017)

The post-Brexit challenges facing the Greens (BrightGreen, 30 October 2017)

Michael Gove: Brexit will lift ‘EU straitjacket’ from Shropshire farmers (Shropshire Star, 27 October 2017)

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Celebrate World Quality Day 2017


Celebrate World Quality Day on 9 November 2017

Celebrate World Quality Day on 9 November 2017

Next Thursday,  9 November 2017 will be “World Quality Day”, which is an opportunity to celebrate the role of quality management within organisations and its delivery by quality professionals across the world.

Last year (2016) saw over a thousand organisations across the globe hosted activities around the theme of ‘making operational governance count’.

This year (2017) is an opportunity to celebrate everyday leaders who exhibit the values of the quality profession – a clarity of purpose, a focus on stakeholders, a commitment to do things properly and to objectively evaluate outcomes, along with a passion for continuous improvement.

Help to make World Quality Day 2017 into a global success by honouring the quality profession and help to raise the profile of the brilliant work that is undertaken day-in, and day-out, all year round & to highlight the positive impact of quality on organisations.

A variety of material are available from the CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) at their World Quality Day webpage here including a useful quiz on “Leading Quality in the 21st Century”, which can be found here

If you wish to share any of your activities, please use the following Twitter hashtags:

  • What you are planning to do for #WQD17
  • How you are showing #EverydayLeadership17
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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 27 October 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Brexit bill sending UK to constitutional crisis, says Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones (Sky News, 26 October 2017)

Theresa May to bring in Brexit campaign chief to shake up Tory party (BusinessInsider, 26 October 2017)

Fit UK fishing boats with monitoring technology after Brexit, campaigners urge (The Guardian, 26 October 2017)

No seasonal labour deal means a “countdown to catastrophe”, say apple growers (ProduceBusinessUK, 26 October 2017)

Brexit transition period likely to be limited to 20 months, EU officials say (The Guardian, 25 October 2017)

Why many manufacturers are pleased by goverment’s post-Brexit support for EU ecodesign standards (businessGreen, 25 October 2017)

Government still failing to provide chemicals sector with Brexit clarity, MPs warn (businessGreen, 25 October 2017)

MPs call on Trade and Brexit Ministers to explain how they will protect farming (FarmersGuardian, 25 October 2017)

Theresa May must act before Brexit to turn the tide towards living seas for Britain (Ecologist, 25 October 2017)

UK officials want to know if Russia meddled in the Brexit vote (Engadget, 24 October 2017)

David Mundell confirms Scotland Brexit impact study exists (The Scotsman, 24 October 2017)

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘important progress’ made at EU summit (BBC News, 23 October 2017)

Brexit: Business lobby groups call for transition deal clarity (BBC News, 23 October 2017)

Brexit: New agri-trade deals will require 325% rise in veterinary certifications (FarmingUK, 23 October 2017)

UK Parliament announces F-Gas reduction inquiry (rac, 23 October 2017)

Letters: No incentive for Scotland to stay within a post-Brexit UK (The Herald, 21 October 2017)

‘No-deal’ on Brexit would be a disaster (FarmingLife, 21 October 2017)

Brexit Secretary David Davis to make case for ‘no deal’ to cabinet (BusinessInsider, 20 October 2017)

A red light for the UK’s plans for chemical regulations after Brexit (ChemicalWatch, 20 October 2017)

It’s time to fact-check Michael Gove’s Green Brexit claims (businessGreen, 20 October 2017)

Brexit: Talk of deadlock is exaggerated, says Donald Tusk (BBC News, 20 October 2017)

Questions over Defra’s ability to deliver on Brexit (FarmersGuardian, 18 October 2017)

Brexit – threat to UK food security or opportunity for renewal? (Just-Food, 18 October 2017)

EU packaging single market erosion risks opening ‘Pandora’s Box’ of national regulations (eddie, 18 October 2017)

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