Cedrec is 25 today!
Published: 04 Jun 2019

Cedrec is 25 years old today, so we thought we'd give you a bit of background about us and on how it all began.  

1994 saw the birth of The Comprehensive European Directory of Regulation on the Environment with Commentary (CEDREC). Its aim was to provide the organisations of England and Wales with accessible and understandable environmental legislation.  

It was a big task for a small company, however under the guidance of now Directors Steven Armstrong and Gareth Billinghurst, the concept took off.   

Cedrec began as a floppy disc that developed onto CD, then DVD.   

To put 1994 into context, It’s the year the channel tunnel opened. Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa, and Pulp Fiction first screened in UK cinemas.  

By 2005, we introduced Health and Safety, covering England, Scotland and Wales, with the Northern Ireland edition added in 2006. 

We now cover Energy and Planning too and are soon to extend our portfolio to include Republic Of Ireland.  

In 2013, we hosted our first Legislation Update Roadshow, which has become so popular that it is now an annual event, with Cedrec visiting cities across the whole of the UK.  

With every move forward, we've maintained our highest standard of quality. In early 2015, we became one of the first consultancies of our type to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation.  

Our simplified legislation update service now holds thousands of documents, legislation, access to guidance and the most relevant news stories. This, alongside our bespoke consultancy services, training and webinars has allowed us to build a great reputation for the quality of information we provide, ease of access and customer care.  

We work with businesses and organisations of all different shapes, sizes and levels of complexity, and we're very proud of the relationships we have with the people and organisations we work with.  

If ever you want to discuss our subscriptions and consultancy services, our sales and service team are on hand to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. 

For any customers who have a question, a query, or a niggling thought they just can't shake, our legal authors are always ready and willing to help. Our brilliant team of consultants can make sure you're covered with the right legislation too.  

Last but by no means least, we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our customers, bulletin subscribers, Roadshow attendees, those who have been with us from the very beginning and to everyone else who has joined us along the way for their continued support, positivity and enthusiasm for what we do.

The first batch of proposed legislation for the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee to consider have been published.

These proposed Statutory Instruments (SIs) are the start of a series of proposed legislative changes that will be necessary for when the UK leaves the European Union on "exit day". Prior to being implemented into law, these SIs will pass through the newly established Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committees. Each House will have its own designated Committees.

The Committees will be taking up the role of "sifting" through proposed negative instruments following the passing of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 gives Ministers wide powers to make Regulations to deal with the deficiencies in retained EU law which will result from the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It allows them a choice of procedure and most Regulations will first be laid as "proposed negative instruments", which after a "sifting" process, will be laid as SIs.

The process

How the process will work:

  • Ministers will propose negative instruments for consideration;
  • the Committees will have 10 days, starting the day after the proposed negative instrument is laid to scrutinise the proposed legislation and make their recommendations;
  • if either Committee recommends a proposed negative instrument should be upgraded to an affirmative procedure, the Minister may either accept or reject the recommendation, and if rejected give a written statement explaining why;
  • any instruments recommended for upgrade will be listed online.

What are negative instruments?

Negative instruments are made by a Minister before they are laid before Parliament, and they come into force generally 21 days after being laid.

To prevent a negative instrument coming into force or remaining in force, a motion to annul it has to be agreed by the Parliament in the Chamber no later than 40 days after the instrument was laid. If no such motion is made, the instrument automatically becomes law.

This process is different to the affirmative procedure where an instrument will usually first be presented in draft format and will not come into force until it has been approve by Parliament.

The current proposed negative statutory instruments relevant to health, safety and environmental legislation are the:

Published statutory instruments

As time goes on, the negative instruments will be laid before Parliament and then passed into law. The following list shows the confirmed statutory instruments that will come into force on exit day, which is 29 March 2019 at 11pm:

  • Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1004;
  • Timber and Timber Products and FLEGT (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1025;
  • Seal Products (Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1034;
  • Feed-in Tariffs and Contracts for Difference (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1092;
  • Electricity (Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1093;
  • Merchant Shipping (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1388;
  • Animal By-Products and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1120;
  • Rail Passengers’ Rights and Obligations (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 SI 2018/1165;
  • Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1202;
  • Merchant Shipping (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1221;
  • Environmental Assessments and Miscellaneous Planning (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1232;
  • Planning (Hazardous Substances and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1234;
  • Planning (Environmental Assessments and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (Northern Ireland) Regulations SI 2018/1235;
  • Ionising Radiation (Basic Safety Standards) (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1278;
  • Electricity and Gas (Powers to Make Subordinate Legislation) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1286;
  • Pipe-lines, Petroleum, Electricity Works and Oil Stocking (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1325;
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1336;
  • INSPIRE (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1338;
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1342;
  • Health and Safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1370;
  • Health and Safety (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1377;
  • Marine Environment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1399;
  • Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) and the Railways (Accident Investigation and Reporting) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1400;
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1405;
  • Air Quality (Miscellaneous Amendment and Revocation of Retained Direct EU Legislation) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1407;
  • Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2018/1408;
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Alien Species in Aquaculture (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/9;
  • Fisheries (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/24;
  • Ionising Radiation (Environmental and Public Protection) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/24;
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/25;
  • Environment (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment etc.) Regulations SSI 2019/26;
  • Drainage (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/31;
  • Water and Floods (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/32;
  • Renewables Obligation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/35;
  • Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/39;
  • Marine Environment (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/55;
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/57;
  • Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/74;
  • Town and Country Planning and Electricity Works (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations SSI 2019/80;
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/84;
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (England) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/88;
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/90;
  • Animal By-Products and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/94;
  • Control of Mercury (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/96;
  • INSPIRE (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/103;
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/107;
  • Pesticides (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/118;
  • Water (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/112;
  • Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations SSI 2019/113;
  • Radioactive Contaminated Land (Modification of Enactments) (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/114;
  • Marketing of Seeds and Plant Propagating Material (Amendment) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/131;
  • Export Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/137;
  • Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/156;
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations SI 2019/188;
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/190;
  • Nuclear Safeguards (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/196;
  • Metrology, Health and Safety and Product Safety (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/202;
  • Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/223;
  • Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/244;
  • Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes and the Environmental Impact Assessment (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/245;
  • Environmental Noise (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/247;
  • Merchant Shipping (Recognised Organisations) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/270;
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/271;
  • Animal By-Products and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/273;
  • Ship Recycling (Facilities and Requirements for Hazardous Materials on Ships) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/277;
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations SI 2019/279;
  • Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases and Ozone-Depleting Substances (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/281;
  • Environmental Protection (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/289;
  • Pesticides and Fertilisers (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/306;
  • Merchant Shipping and Other Transport (Environmental Protection) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/311;
  • Railways (Interoperability) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/345;
  • Fisheries and Marine Management (Amendment) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/370;
  • Roads (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/377;
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release and Transboundary Movement) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/379;
  • Air Quality Standards (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/390;
  • Waste (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/414;
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Alien Species in Aquaculture (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/451;
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Alien Species in Aquaculture (Amendment) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/452;
  • Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/453;
  • Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/456;
  • Environment (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/458;
  • Flood and Water (Amendments) (England and Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/460;
  • Construction Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/465;
  • Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/470;
  • Environment and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/473;
  • Road Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/490;
  • Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/518;
  • Electricity and Gas etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/530;
  • Gas (Security of Supply and Network Codes) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/531;
  • Electricity Network Codes and Guidelines (Markets and Trading) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/532;
  • Electricity Network Codes and Guidelines (System Operation and Connection) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/533;
  • Electricity and Gas (Market Integrity and Transparency) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/534;
  • Employment Rights (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/535;
  • Employment Rights (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/537;
  • Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/539;
  • Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Amendment and Power to Modify) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/544;
  • Road Vehicle Emission Performance Standards (Cars and Vans) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/550;
  • Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/557;
  • Environment (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/559;
  • Floods and Water (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/558;
  • Shipments of Radioactive Substances (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/571;
  • Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/579;
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Alien Species in Aquaculture (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/581;
  • Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/582;
  • Ozone-Depleting Substances and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/583;
  • International Waste Shipments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/590;
  • Drivers’ Hours and Tachographs (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations SI 2019/596;
  • Fertilisers and Ammonium Nitrate Material (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/601;
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/620;
  • European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Consequential Modifications and Repeals and Revocations) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/628;
  • Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/630;
  • Aviation Noise (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/643;
  • Road Vehicles and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/648;
  • Detergents (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/672;
  • Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/696;
  • Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/700;
  • Licensing of Operators and International Road Haulage (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/708;
  • Common Agricultural Policy and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/733;
  • REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations SI 2019/758.

We will keep this page updated with all the latest developments and proposed negative statutory instruments so you can keep track of any upcoming changes.

As of 15 June, the operators of all heavy vehicles registered in the European Union for the first time will have to install a smart digital tachograph to track and record the driving and resting time of drivers.

The new requirement should help enforcement authorities reduce cases of fatigue and speeding, which are the most common causes of accidents. The digital device will identify potential offenders and any fraud without the need for the vehicles to be stopped.

The system includes a printer for use in road side inspections and the driver has a card with a microchip, which they must then insert into the tachograph when they take control of the vehicle. The card is designed to make sure that any inspections are simple and straightforward. The vehicle’s position can be tracked from a satellite and the tachograph’s Bluetooth connection means data can be sent to mobile phones or tablets.

The move to reduce fatigue and speeding amongst professional drivers was made in 2006, when digital tachographs became mandatory on all newly registered commercial vehicles across the EU. It aimed to strike a balance while guaranteeing fair competition between transport companies and good working conditions for the drivers.

Before things went digital, data was stored on analogue tachographs - a far less secure and less accurate recording.

The provisions for smart tachographs were introduced in Regulation (EU) 165/2014, with the technical details established by Regulation (EU) 799/2016.

For more information, see:

  • Regulation (EU) 165/2014 on tachographs in road transport;
  • Regulation (EU) 799/2016 implementing Regulation (EU) 165/2014 laying down the requirements for the construction, testing, installation, operation and repair of tachographs and their components.

A stone masonry company has been sentenced after failing to adequately control employees' exposure to respirable silica dust, resulting in an employee developing silicosis.

Burnley Magistrates' Court heard how prior to 2017, employees of GO Stonemasonry Limited in Accrington carried out work that resulted in exposure to respirable silica dust.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that GO Stonemasonry Limited had been cutting and working with stone for several years without any suitable and sufficient dust extraction.

The Company had failed to ensure that respiratory protective equipment (RPE) was adequately controlling the inhalation exposure to respiratory silica dust. The Company did not have appropriate work processes, systems or control measures in place and had no health surveillance to identify any early signs of effects on workers' health.

GO Stonemasonry Limited pleaded guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, was fined £8000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Sharon Butler said after the hearing "silica is found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded or carved, Some of this dust may be fine enough to breathe deeply into your lungs and is known as respirable crystalline silica. Exposure to this dust can cause silicosis, leading to impaired lung function, breathing problems and is life threatening".

"Simple steps to stop workers breathing in the dust must be taken and companies should know the HSE will not hesitate to take action against those failing to protect their workers health".

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The Director of a waste haulage company and a landowner have been ordered to pay £6,435 for illegally depositing thousands of tonnes of waste on farmland near Tiverton.

In 2016 CB Plant Hire was contacted by a third party to use land off the A361 for the disposal of waste.

Following complaints, an Environment Agency officer visited the site and found waste being deposited on a large scale. The landowner had already partially filled a valley with waste and there was indication he intended to continue depositing waste.

The landowner confirmed he was using the waste imported by CB Plant Hire to return land formerly known as Tiverton Motocross back to agricultural use.

A waste exemption allows landowners to reuse up to 1,000 tonnes of soil and subsoil for specific purposes. But it was revealed that the landowner had accepted over 23,500 tonnes of waste at Tiverton Motocross and lacked planning permission from Devon County Council.

The landowner said that his farm business had been struggling financially and that he did not feel he had done anything wrong, as he had been relying on advice from third parties.

Marie Sinead Berry, a director of CB Plant Hire, whose Company transported the waste to the Tiverton Motocross site, admitted she had failed to carry out her normal duty of care checks and had "taken her eye off the ball".

Richard Tugwell of the Environment Agency said "it is essential haulage contractors and landowners are fully aware of their responsibilities when using waste and take action to ensure they stay within the terms of a waste exemption".

"This was a sustained abuse of an exemption for financial gain. Importing more than 23 times the maximum amount of waste to this site changed the appearance of the landscape".

Appearing before Exeter Magistrates, Marie Sinead Berry was fined £120 and ordered to pay £3,500 costs after pleading guilty to operating an unauthorised waste disposal facility between May and September 2016, contrary to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations SI 2016/1154.

The Landowner was fined £265 and ordered to pay £2,490 costs after pleading guilty to the same offence. Both defendants were ordered to pay victim surcharge of £30 each.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) president Ian Tant has said planners lack the resources, policies and powers to make the "significant impact that is essential" to meet the Government's target to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

Speaking at the RTPI's Planning Convention this week, Tant launched the Institute's Resource Planning for Climate Action campaign. Highlighting the Committee on Climate Change's Report, he said it demonstrates that there has been "comparatively little or no progress" towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings or surface transport.

He called on the Government to take "radical" climate actions on buildings and transport, and that more resources would enable local authorities to better gauge the carbon impact of existing and emerging local plans.

Tant commented "it falls directly to planners to devise and implement policies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings and transport infrastructure, and to facilitate carbon-neutral energy generation. It also falls to us to engage our communities so they come with us to accept the necessary changes".

"Without planners or adequate planning systems and policies, there is no realistic way to progress to zero carbon. The Government's own advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change, recognises the role of planners in taking decisive and effective climate action".

"We call on Government to ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that Government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy".

The RTPI said the campaign would focus on practical solutions to reduce carbon emissions. It calls on the Government to:

  • put more resources into local planning authorities;
  • ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that Government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;
  • collaborate to develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;
  • empower devolved local and national Governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them resources to do so;
  • reintroduce the requirement for all new build homes to be zero carbon and put in place measures and resources for existing homes to be zero carbon;
  • invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Transport, and Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

Tant concluded by vowing to put climate action at the heart of the RTPI's new corporate strategy, that would guide their work from 2020 to 2030.

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