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FACE survey re firearms affected by a prohibition of lead in ammunition

posted 19 Dec 2020, 12:09 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Dec 2020, 12:09 ]
The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) is working with REACHLaw to understand the socio-economic impacts of a ban on lead in ammunition for Europe’s hunters and sports shooters. 

FACE is conducting a survey across Europe, including UK, to establish how many firearms are used for hunting and target shooting, and how many of these will be suitable/not suitable for non-lead ammunition, in advance of the launch of the European Chemical & Health Agency (ECHA) Annex XV dossier on a proposal ( see https://echa.europa.eu/hot-topics/lead-in-shot-bullets-and-fishing-weights) to ban or restrict lead in ammunition.

This proposal will be published in mid-January 2021 and a new EU regulation could be in place by 2023. The results of FACE’s study will be important to highlight the socio-economic implications of a potential ban on the use of lead in ammunition in Europe.

If you go either or both hunting or sports shooting, please complete the short survey. No personal information will be collected in this survey and your answers are completely anonymous.

The survey is now open and will be running until the end of January. It is important that as many individual replies as possible are received. The weblink can be found at:-


As I have reported, we have already responded to ECHA themselves and discussed exemptions for historic arms, other firearms where there is no viable alternative and for shooting on ranges.

This survey is another important facet of the information being submitted to the EU.

Whatever law may be passed in EU the UK will still be potentially affected in various ways.

Please complete the survey as soon as possible and thank you in advance for your help

Derek Stimpson