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Denaturing means the treatment of a substance with alcohol content by the addition of other substances with the purpose of making it unfit for consumption. Spirits may be denatured by an actor with a licence to import, produce, wholesale or use spirits.
Denaturing agents must not prevent the use of the preparation denatured with them for its purpose, while making it sufficiently difficult to use the preparation for consumption purposes and being difficult to separate from the preparation.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will confirm a list of denaturing agents used in the denaturing of spirits and the concentrations required in the denaturing. The list will be revised by 1 March 2019.
Strongly denatured spirits mean alcohol spirits made unfit for consumption as per Article 27(1a) of the Council Directive 92/83/EEC on the harmonization of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages.
Slightly denatured spirits mean spirits made unfit for consumption that have been both denatured and used for the manufacture of any product not for human consumption in accordance with the Council Directive 92/83/EEC.
Alcoholic product is a substance containing more than 1.2% by volume of ethyl alcohol that is not an alcoholic beverage or spirits and that can be denatured.