UK, Post-Brexit Standards and Safety Marking

August 07, 2019

The United Kingdom’s House of Commons has released a briefing paper that addresses product safety testing and marking issues in a “no-deal” post-Brexit scenario.

Unless a separation agreement between the UK and the European Union (EU) is reached prior to the October 31st deadline, safety marks issued by UK-based notified bodies will no longer be recognized by EU authorities post-Brexit.

Why is UK considering the Brexit?

For decades, the United Kingdom has had an ambivalent and sometimes contentious relationship with the European Union. London has kept its distance from EU authority by negotiating opt-outs from some of its central policies, including the common euro currency and the border-free Schengen Area.

The changes that will be applied to the UK market util the Brexit

Until the Brexit will take place, UK-based suppliers will be required to have their products tested by an EU-based notified body prior to placing them on the EU market. However, for products intended for sale within the UK, the briefing paper says that the UK government intends to reclassify UK-based notified bodies as “UK Approved Bodies.” UK Approved Bodies would then be authorized to assess products against relevant UK requirements and issue a new “UKCA” mark.

In addition, for a “limited” time, manufacturers and suppliers whose products meet the relevant EU requirements and that bear the CE mark would be permitted to place their products on the UK market, even if those products have been assessed by an EU notified body.The UK government will consult with industry before making a decision on when the “limited” period would end.



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