1st July 2022
The government recently announced various changes aimed at making it simpler for businesses to apply the new post-Brexit product safety markings for products placed on the market in Great Britain, as Walker Morris Regulatory & Compliance experts Stuart Ponting and Claire Burrows explain.
As we set out in an earlier briefing, businesses have until 1 January 2023 to start using the new UKCA product safety mark which replaces the old EU CE mark.
On 20 June 2022, the government announced changes designed to make things simpler for businesses adopting the new mark:
The changes apply to a wide range of manufacturers and importers of products including aerosols, electrical and electronics, machinery, personal protective equipment, toys and outdoor equipment. There are different rules for other products such as medical devices. More details can be found in the government’s guidance on placing manufactured goods on the GB market. Please speak to Stuart or Claire if you are unsure whether the changes apply to your business.
Both UK-based manufacturing businesses and those importing products into the UK will no doubt be relieved to hear about the transitional provisions to post-Brexit product safety marking recently announced by the government. The post-Brexit regulatory landscape can be difficult to navigate and there are numerous challenges to overcome to ensure compliance with the various deviations from previous EU regulations when placing products on the GB market. Taking advantage of any transitional provisions available can significantly ease the burden for businesses faced with a number of converging regulatory compliance issues and we would advise businesses to act now to secure the maximum benefit from the transitional provisions available before 31 December 2022.
We have a large team of commercial, regulatory and international trade specialists who can provide advice and assistance on all aspects of product safety, the complexities of trading internationally and navigating supply chain issues including disputes. If you have any queries arising from this briefing, please contact Stuart or Claire, who will be very happy to help.