In and amongst all the doom and gloom I just wanted to post my positive experience with my application for certification. Given other member's experiences it would appear I am extremely lucky to have a very switched-on and understanding ELO here in Devon & Cornwall.
There does seem to have been a lot of paperwork involved so far (now I have an EPP, A + K and A.O. ) but for me at least it has been straightforward. I was initially granted A + K for BP early this year, having followed the posts from Danny at Skew Energetics I applied for the UN MAN2 variation which is only applicable to Acquire Only certification but does allow the broader umbrella of Any pyrotechnic substance subject to these regulations that is within the meaning of explosive contained within Regulation 2. In fact my ELO rang Danny a few days before to clarify this and I'm pleased to say this has been accepted.
So I now have
a) an EPP
an A + K for BP powder / pucks < = 15Kg
c) an A.O. for UN MAN2 <=100g
I would be interested to know of similar experiences or who else has been involved with a similar process. There are still some gaps here that I'm trying to work through in my head and once I have thought them through I would like to put these down for other members to comment, I'll let you know.