Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC—snapshot
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Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC—snapshot

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Key definitions
  • Key requirements
  • Monitoring
  • Bathing water quality assessment
  • Classification and quality status of bathing waters
  • More...

TitleDirective 2006/7/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2006 concerning the management of bathing water quality and repealing Directive 76/160/EEC

Latest consolidated version—1 January 2014
Entry into force24 March 2006
Transposition deadline24 March 2008
AmendmentsSee EUR-Lex document information—amended by.
Implementing legislation in England and WalesThe Bathing Water Regulations 2008, SI 2008/1097 implemented the Bathing Waters Directive in full and entered into force at different times (see SI 2008/1097, reg 1)

The Bathing Water Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1675 revoked and replaced the The Bathing Water Regulations 2008, SI 2008/1097 with effect from 31 July 2013 and 24 March 2015 (see SI 2013/1675, reg 1). The Bathing Water Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1675 refers and links incorrectly to Directive 2006/60 as Water Framework Directive, not to 2000/60, as it should.
Please note that the Bathing Water Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1675 were amended in 2016 by:
  1. the Bathing Water (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/314 (W. 103). Entry into force—30 March 2016

  2. the Bathing Water (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/600. Entry into force—20 June 2016

SubjectBathing waters, water quality

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an

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