Laser pointers: call for evidence

Closed 6 Oct 2017

Opened 12 Aug 2017

Results updated 8 Jan 2018

We will introduce new measures to tackle the sale of unsafe laser pointers, including:

  • strengthening safeguards to stop high-powered lasers entering the country
  •  working with manufacturers and retailers to improve labelling

Read the full outcome in the government response.

Detail of feedback received

We received 265 responses to the call for evidence. These came from a range of stakeholders, including:

  • ophthalmologists
  • pilots
  • amateur astronomy societies
  • Trading Standard authorities
  • professionals working in the laser safety industry
  • concerned members of the public



This call for evidence aims to gather data and information on the market for laser pointers and how they are used.

It covers the misuse of laser pointers, particularly the safety issues involving 'laser attacks' on pilots and drivers of lorries and other vehicles following an increase in the number of these attacks. In addition, it looks at concerns about the potential for retinal damage among consumers where high powered laser pointers are shone into the eyes.

The call for evidence considers updating regulations governing the import and trade of laser pointers, as well as potential solutions involving licencing arrangements, restrictions on supply, and the introduction of a specific criminal offence for 'laser attacks' on planes or vehicles.

We are seeking responses from a wide variety of stakeholder groups as well as the general public.


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Trade bodies
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer organisations
  • Consumers
  • Businesses
  • Consumers
  • General public
  • Regulator


  • Regulation