Whitehall officials overseeing CITES enforcement have removed guidelines from their website after conceding that they are confusing.
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories
Agency, the government department charged with issuing licences for
the sale of works of art containing the parts of endangered
species, will now review their method of explaining new European
guidelines regarding the interpretation of the antiques
While the new rules, detailed in
last week's ATG, remain unchanged, the department has conceded
their presentation was imperfect. A notice on their website now
reads: "We have noticed that certain traders have found our
guidance on the changes to how the 'worked items derogation' is
implemented to be confusing and in some cases misleading.
"We have agreed with our policy colleagues in Defra that the
best way forward is to remove the guidance published on 9 May, and
publish revised guidance as soon as possible. In the interim, you
are reminded that the derogation has not changed, and if you
believe that it can be met then it is not necessary to obtain an EC
Certificate to allow commercial use."