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Home Office research into explosives precursors

Retailers may, or may not be aware that some products sold by companies such as theirs can be used in the manufacture of explosive devices.

Following the explosive attack at Manchester Arena and further incidences since, the UK Government is reviewing capability to prevent and detect terrorist acquisition of chemicals that can be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives. In this context, the Home Office are conducting research to gain a greater understanding of the demand and scale of the retail market of specified chemicals that can be used in the illicit manufacture of explosives. These chemicals may be widely used in homes and are widely available on the UK market.


Understanding the scale of the market

The research is key to enabling the government to understand the scale of the market and to prioritise engagement with appropriate retail sectors. With this in mind, we’re encouraging retail members of bira to take part in an online survey that can be completed when convenient. The survey should last no longer than 10 minutes. If you are willing to take part, please click the following link




As a Market Research Society Partner, DJS Research abide by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. All feedback will remain anonymous and confidential – your name will not be attached to any findings unless you give permission for this.

If you wish to verify the legitimacy of the research or have any queries please get in touch by emailing or