The regulations, which apply throughout Britain, were made under section 140 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. They will come into force on 28 February.
The new rules implement part of a 1989 EC Directive on the marketing and use of dangerous substances and preparations (ENDS Report 181, pp 36-7). The Directive should have been brought into force by 30 June 1991.
The restrictions introduced by the regulations are as follows: