Enforcement of Decorative Paints Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Decorative Paints Regulations (S.I. 564 of 2012) designates the EPA as the competent authority for enforcement. The EPA is responsible for the establishment and supervision of monitoring programmes in Ireland. Its role is to provide guidance and advice to the local authorities. View EPA published guidance for vehicle refinishing operations.

Local Authorities

The Regulations state the local authorities are the competent bodies for the enforcement of the Regulations. This requires local authorities to implement a monitoring programme and carry out inspections.  Some product sampling and analysis may be necessary to verify product compliance. Local authorities are also required to set up and maintain a register of producers, wholesalers and major retailers of the decorating materials operating in their areas.