Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulation
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Guidance on the regulations as they apply to products being supplied in or into Great Britain.
This Guide is for businesses placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market in Great Britain. If you are placing electrical and electronic equipment on the market in Northern Ireland, you should read separate guidance.
This Guide is designed to help you comply with The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016, as they apply in Great Britain (referred to in this document as “The 2016 Regulations”). The 2016 Regulations set out the requirements that must be met before products can be placed on the GB market. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure safe products are placed on the GB market by requiring manufacturers to show how their products meet the ‘essential requirements’.
The essential requirements are that:
a) equipment must be designed and manufactured to ensure that the electromagnetic disturbance generated does not exceed the level above which radio and telecommunications equipment or other equipment cannot operate as intended, and
b) the equipment has a level of immunity to the electromagnetic disturbance to be expected in its intended use which allows it to operate without unacceptable degradation of its intended use.
2. Legislative Background
The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016 implements into UK law an EU Directive (2014/30/EU) on electromagnetic compatibility (commonly called the EMC Directive). The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 preserved the Regulations and enabled them to be amended so as to continue to function effectively now that the UK has left the EU. Accordingly, the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 see footnote 1 fixed any deficiencies that arose from the UK leaving the EU (such as references to EU institutions) and made specific provisions for the GB market.
There is therefore one set of UK 2016 Regulations, but some of the provisions apply differently in NI for as long as the Northern Ireland Protocol is in force. References to the 2016 Regulations in this guidance are references to those Regulations as they apply in Great Britain.
The 2016 Regulations apply to all electrical and electronic equipment which is liable to generate electromagnetic disturbance, with some notable exceptions. These exceptions include:
1. equipment covered by other specific instruments governing the conformity of the equipment with the essential requirements
2. aeronautical apparatus, parts and appliances referred to in Regulation (EC) 216/2008
3. equipment which is incapable of generating electromagnetic interference that is harmful to radio and telecommunication equipment
For a full list of exceptions please refer to the 2016 Regulations. Nothing in the 2016 Regulations affects the application of legislation regulating the safety of the equipment.
4. Obligations of manufacturers
A manufacturer is a person who manufactures apparatus, or has apparatus designed or manufactured, and markets that apparatus under their name or trademark.
The obligations of manufacturers of apparatus include:
Before placing the apparatus on the GB market, the manufacturer must ensure that it has been designed and manufactured in accordance with the essential requirements as set out in Schedule 1 to the 2016 Regulations and that they have had a relevant conformity assessment procedure carried out and technical documentation drawn up.
Once this has been done, the manufacturer must draw up a declaration of conformity see footnote 2, and affix the UKCA marking see footnote 3 to the apparatus, except where it is not possible or warranted to affix the UKCA marking to the apparatus, in which case it must be affixed to the packaging and the accompanying documents. Until 31 December 2027 see footnote 4, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label affixed to, or a document accompanying, the apparatus, even where it can otherwise be affixed to the apparatus.
Qualifying Northern Ireland goods can be placed on the GB market with the CE and CE UKNI conformity markings, see further detail in Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.
The manufacturer must keep the technical documentation and the declaration of conformity for 10 years after the apparatus has been placed on the GB market.
The manufacturer must label the apparatus with their name, registered trade name or registered trade mark, postal address, and the type batch or serial number (or other identification). Where it is not possible to indicate the type, batch or serial number (or other identification) on the apparatus due to its size or nature and /or it is not possible to include the manufacturer’s name, registered trade name or registered trade mark or a postal address on the apparatus, the manufacturer must ensure the information is included on the packaging or in a document accompanying the apparatus.
The manufacturer must ensure that the apparatus is accompanied by relevant instructions in English.
The manufacturer must ensure that procedures are in place for series production to remain in conformity with Part 2 of the 2016 Regulations. In doing so, they must take account of any changes in electrical equipment design or characteristics, and any change in a harmonised standard or in another technical specification by reference to which the Declaration of Conformity was drawn up.
Manufacturers must take action where they have reason to believe that the apparatus they have placed on the GB market is not in conformity with the 2016 Regulations by bringing the apparatus into conformity, withdrawing the apparatus or recalling the apparatus. Where the apparatus presents a risk, the manufacturer must immediately inform the market surveillance authority (MSA), giving details of how the apparatus is not in conformity and any corrective measures taken. Read more information on how to notify the MSA.
The manufacturer must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities following any requests.
Manufacturers based in Northern Ireland can follow the legislation as it applies to Northern Ireland and place qualifying Northern Ireland goods on the GB market without any additional approvals. See further detail in Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.
5. Obligations of authorised representatives
Manufacturers are able by written mandate to appoint authorised representatives to perform certain tasks on their behalf.
Mandated authorised representatives for the GB market can be based in GB or Northern Ireland but cannot be based outside the UK. A manufacturer can only mandate an authorised representative established in the UK under the 2016 Regulations as they apply in GB.
No GB-based authorised representatives are recognised under EU law. This means GB-based authorised representatives cannot carry out tasks on the manufacturer’s behalf for apparatus being placed on the Northern Ireland or EEA markets. Therefore, a GB manufacturer selling products to the EEA or into Northern Ireland, who wishes to appoint an authorised representative to carry out tasks for them in respect of that apparatus, must appoint an authorised representative based in Northern Ireland or in the EEA.
An authorised representative must comply with all the duties imposed on the manufacturer under the 2016 Regulations that they are appointed by the manufacturer to perform. There are some duties that a manufacturer cannot mandate an authorised representative to perform (e.g. conformity assessment) and some that must form part of the authorised representatives mandate (e.g. retention of technical documentation).
The manufacturer remains responsible for the proper performance of any obligations the authorised representative performs on their behalf.
Any references in the 2016 Regulations to the manufacturer are to be taken to include a reference to the authorised representative including in relation to penalties for failure to comply with those duties.
6. Obligations of importers
An importer is a person or business based in the UK who places apparatus on the GB market from a country outside the UK. This means that UK businesses which used to act as ‘distributors’ before 1 January 2021 legally become ‘importers’ if they place products from an EEA country on the GB market.
This includes apparatus that is supplied to NI businesses from the EEA and then placed on the GB market. In this instance, the NI business will take on importer obligations for EEA-supplied goods that are placed on the GB market (see also Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods).
Importers have additional legal obligations which go beyond those of distributors, such as checking that manufacturers have carried out the right conformity assessment procedures, and including their (the importer’s) name, registered trade name or mark and a postal address on the equipment or, where this is not possible, on the packaging of the apparatus or in documentation accompanying the equipment.
To assist with the transition, the UK has applied a transitional period ending 31 December 2027 see footnote 5 to allow UK suppliers of apparatus from the EEA or Switzerland who became importers into the GB market to provide their details on the accompanying documentation as an alternative to placing them on the apparatus itself (even in cases where it would have otherwise been possible to include them on the apparatus itself). This applies to goods that are not qualifying Northern Ireland goods. For further detail on qualifying Northern Ireland goods, please see Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.
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A key principle underpinning product safety, for the benefit of consumers and regulators, is the traceability of a product back to its source.
In recognition that under the new regulatory regime, you may have the new status of an importer when placing apparatus from an EEA state or Switzerland on the GB market, you are temporarily permitted when placing such apparatus on the market (until 31 December 2027) to indicate your name, registered trade name or registered trade mark and a postal address on the apparatus’ packaging or in a document accompanying the apparatus, instead of on the apparatus itself. As set out above, this is usually only permitted where it is not possible to provide the specified information on the apparatus itself. This additional temporary easement is permitted until 31 December 2027.
We understand that there may be a period of adjustment to the new arrangements for importer documentation for the GB market, and it may be difficult to provide your details on documentation accompanying each and every individual product.
You may therefore use an alternative method where, for example, your contact information is on a document accompanying a batch of products. This document would then follow each batch of products through the distribution chain. Your contact details must follow each product through the distribution chain, but not necessarily by one document per product. Ultimately, the end user, each distributor (and a regulator) must be able to access the information.
Methods which enable traceability of the product after the initial batch has been broken up could include:
1. The importer's address is present in shipping documents.
2. The importer address is present on the invoice to the GB customer.
3. The importer address is present on the label that is on the outer packaging (“shipper”) in which a number of finished goods are packed (normally customers will receive shippers unless the order is very small so that the shipper has to be opened and split).
The importer address is included in the EU Declaration of Conformity and/or UK Declaration of Conformity (whichever is relevant for the product in question).
You should work with your distributors to ensure physical documentation does accompany batches of the product as far as possible, and in all cases that there are measures in place to ensure end users are able to identify the UK importer.
Alongside that, but not as an alternative, you can use your company website to provide more information, access to product details and contact points for retailers, consumers and enforcement bodies.
These options are for a time-limited period only and may not be used after 31 December 2027. You are encouraged to put in place measures to ensure that individual items do carry the importer’s address where required ahead of this date.
The EU does not have any such transitional provision. In the absence of this, apparatus being sold from GB to NI or the EEA must be labelled with the NI or EU-based importer’s address.
Read guidance on the regulations in Northern Ireland
The obligations of importers in the UK include:
Before placing the apparatus on the GB market, an importer must ensure that it is in conformity with the essential requirements.
The importer must ensure that the relevant conformity assessment has been carried out by the manufacturer; the manufacturer has drawn up technical documentation; the apparatus is UKCA marked see footnote 3 and is accompanied by the required documents and information regarding the manufacturer. Until 31 December 2027, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label affixed to, or a document accompanying, the apparatus. There is also a non-time-limited provision for the UKCA marking to be affixed on the packaging and accompanying documents where it is not possible or warranted on account of the nature of the apparatus to affix the UK marking on the apparatus or its data plate.
The importer must keep a copy of the declaration of conformity and technical documentation for a period of 10 years after the apparatus has been placed on the GB market.
The importer must provide their name trade, registered trade name or registered trade mark and a postal address at which they can be contacted on the apparatus or, where it is not possible to indicate this on the apparatus, or where the importer has imported the apparatus from an EEA state or Switzerland and places it on the GB market before 31 December 2027, on the packaging of the apparatus or in an accompanying document.
The importer must ensure that when placing apparatus on the GB market, it is accompanied by instructions which can be easily understood by the end user in English in the circumstances that this is allowed (see above).
The importer must ensure that while the apparatus is under their responsibility, their storage and transport conditions do not jeopardise their conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations.
The importer must not make apparatus available on the GB market if they consider or have reason to believe it is not in conformity with the essential requirements.
The importer must take action where they have reason to believe that the apparatus they have placed on the GB market is not in conformity with the 2016 Regulations by bringing the apparatus into conformity, withdrawing the apparatus or recalling the apparatus. Where the apparatus presents a risk, the manufacturer must immediately inform the market surveillance authority (MSA), giving details of how the apparatus is not in conformity and any corrective measures taken. Read more information on how to notify the MSA.
The importer must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities following any requests.
Qualifying Northern Ireland goods complying with the legislation as it applies in Northern Ireland, including affixing the CE marking, may also be placed on the GB market. See further detail in Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.
7. Obligations of distributors
UK businesses that were distributors of apparatus within the EU single market should now consider whether they are importers from the EU single market and therefore what additional responsibilities they may have – see section 6 above. The same applies to distributors of goods from the EEA and Switzerland.
A distributor is any person, other than the manufacturer or importer, who makes apparatus available on the GB market.
The obligations of distributors include:
When making apparatus available on the GB market, the distributor must act with due care to ensure that it is in conformity with Part 2 of the 2016 Regulations as amended, meaning that the apparatus is in conformity with the essential requirements and that each relevant economic operator has complied with their obligations established by Part 2 of the regulations.
Before placing the apparatus on the GB market, the distributor must verify that the apparatus bears the UKCA marking (or until 11 pm 31 December 2024 the CE marking); is accompanied by the required documents as well as instructions and safety information; and that the importer and manufacturer have complied with their obligations as to required labelling. Until 31 December 2027, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label or a document accompanying the apparatus.
The distributor must not make apparatus available on the GB market if they consider or have reason to believe it is not in conformity with the essential requirements.
The distributor must ensure the necessary corrective actions are taken to bring the apparatus into conformity, withdraw the apparatus or recall the apparatus. Where the apparatus presents a risk, the distributor must inform the market surveillance authority (MSA) about the risk, giving details of how the apparatus is not in conformity and any corrective action taken. Read more information on how to notify the MSA.
The distributor must ensure that while the apparatus is under their responsibility, its storage and transport conditions do not jeopardise its conformity with the essential requirements.
The distributor must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities following any requests.
8. Conformity assessment and marking – products placed on the GB market before 11 pm 31 December 2024
If you place an individual fully manufactured product on the EEA or the UK market (either in Northern Ireland or Great Britain) before 11 pm 31 December 2024, you do not need to do anything new. These individual goods can continue to circulate on either market until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that take effect from 11 pm 31 December 2024.
A fully manufactured good is ‘placed on the market’ when there is a written or verbal agreement (or offer of an agreement) to transfer ownership or possession or other rights in the product. This does not require the physical transfer of the good.
You can usually provide proof of placing on the market on the basis of any relevant document ordinarily used in business transactions, including:
1. contracts of sale concerning goods which have already been manufactured and meet the legal requirements
3. documents concerning the shipping of goods for distribution
The relevant economic operator (whether manufacturer, importer or distributor) bears the burden of proof for demonstrating that the good was placed on the EEA or UK market before 11 pm 31 December 2024.
Products which are repaired, refurbished or exchanged without changing their original performance, purpose, or type, are not considered ‘new’ and therefore do not need to be recertified and remarked.
This includes if the product is temporarily exported for repair (as the product is not being placed on the GB market for the first time when re-imported).
If the product has been subject to important changes, substantially changing its original performance, purpose, or type, it will be considered as a ‘new’ product. Therefore, the modified product must comply with GB regulatory requirements, including the requirement for UKCA marking from 11 pm 31 December 2024.
Repair, replacement and maintenance operations are often carried out using other products which are spare parts. Spare parts are considered to have been placed on the market at the time at which the original product or system they are ultimately intended to repair, replace or maintain was placed on the market.
This means that spare parts can comply with the same conformity assessment requirements that were in place at the time the original product or system they are ultimately intended to repair, replace or maintain was placed on the market.
The definition of a spare part will vary depending on the commercial context, but it is broadly determined by a product’s ultimate intended usage. Whether a product is ultimately intended to be used as a spare part should be evidenced by any document demonstrating this intended use, which should be produced when requested by market surveillance authorities.
9. Conformity assessment and marking – products placed on the GB market from 11 pm 31 December 2024
Assessment through third-party organisations
From 11 pm 31 December 2024, electrical and electronic equipment intended for the GB market should be conformity assessed by a UK-approved body and UKCA marked, not CE marked. See footnote 4
Qualifying Northern Ireland goods complying with the legislation as it applies in Northern Ireland, including affixing the CE marking, may be placed on the GB market after 11 pm 31 December 2024. See further detail in Section 10 on Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.
Rules around physically affixing the new UKCA marking mirror those which applied for the application of the CE marking, although, until 31 December 2027, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label affixed to the apparatus or a document accompanying the apparatus, rather than being affixed to the apparatus itself (even where it is otherwise possible to affix it to the apparatus itself).
Manufacturers placing apparatus on the GB market on the basis of self-declaration of conformity (where permitted in the Regulations) can affix the new UKCA marking before placing the apparatus on the GB market. Alternatively, until 11 pm 31 December 2024, manufacturers placing apparatus on the GB market can still affix the CE marking, based on self-declaration of conformity (where permitted) by the manufacturer.
It is possible to affix both the UKCA marking and the CE marking to the same apparatus where conformity procedures are based on self-declaration (where permitted), as long as the EU and GB requirements remain the same. When selling to the EU, or placing on the NI market, the CE marking remains mandatory.
Reducing re-certification/re-testing costs for UKCA marking
The Government has introduced legislation to allow conformity assessment activities undertaken by EU-recognised Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), for CE certification before 11 pm 31 December 2024, to be used by manufacturers, and other relevant persons, to declare existing product types as compliant with UKCA requirements. Products must still bear the UKCA marking and will need to undergo conformity assessment with a UK Approved Body at the expiry of the certificate or after 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner. For ongoing production, they will need to undergo conformity assessment with a UK Approved Body once any of the relevant CE certifications have expired, or after 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner.
Before 11 pm 31 December 2024, if an EU-recognised CAB has completed the relevant conformity assessment activities applying to a product, this would allow manufacturers to apply the UKCA mark without the need for any UK Approved Body involvement. They could continue to place their goods on the market on the basis of their existing CE certification following the end of this year, for the lifetime of the certificate issued, or until 31 December 2027 (whichever is sooner).
Where manufacturers are using conformity assessment under existing CE certification before 11 pm 31 December 2024 as the basis to demonstrate compliance with UKCA requirements for their products, it is recommended they include in the UK Declaration of Conformity the list of relevant UK designated standards and equivalent EU harmonised standards that apply to their product, as well as details of the EU-recognised CAB (or CAB recognised under an EU Mutual Recognition Agreement with a third country) which carried out the conformity assessment procedures.
This measure applies across all relevant module types.
Read guidance on UKCA marking
10. Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods
The government committed to providing unfettered access for qualifying Northern Ireland goods to the rest of the UK market after 1 January 2021. Products that can be placed on the market in Northern Ireland in accordance with the legislation, as it applies to Northern Ireland, can be sold in the rest of the UK without any additional approvals.
This means that products that are qualifying Northern Ireland goods can be sold in the rest of the UK if any of the following apply:
1. the CE marking is lawfully applied to the good on the basis of self-declaration
2. any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body (including a body in a country with which the EU has a relevant mutual recognition agreement) and a CE marking is affixed
3. the certificate of conformity previously held by a UK-approved body has been transferred to an EU-recognised notified body and a CE marking has been affixed
4. any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by a UK-based body, and the good is therefore marked with the CE marking and with the new UKNI marking
This will be the case even if there are changes between the EU rules that the Northern Ireland Protocol applies to NI and the GB rules.
NI businesses that are importing products from the EEA and placing them on the GB market must ensure that the relevant conformity assessment procedure has been carried out, that the technical documentation has been drawn up and that the equipment bears the CE marking. They will also have to comply with the importer labelling duties (see Section 6 on obligations of importers).
11. Approved Bodies
The UK has established a new framework for UK-based bodies to assess apparatus against GB rules. Existing UK-notified bodies have been granted new UK ‘approved body’ status and are listed on a new UK database.
Approved bodies are conformity assessment bodies which have been approved by the Secretary of State to carry out the procedures for conformity assessment and certification for the GB market as set out in the 2016 Regulations.
These approved bodies retain their 4-digit identification number. New approved bodies will be assigned a number by the Office for Product Safety and Standards on behalf of the Secretary of State.
Approved bodies can assess apparatus for the GB market against GB essential requirements (which are, as yet, the same as EU essential requirements).
Approved bodies must be established in the UK and be independent of the manufacturer. Approved bodies must examine the technical documentation and supporting evidence in respect of equipment which falls within the scope of the 2016 Regulations to assess the adequacy of the technical design.
Where an approved body finds that essential requirements have not been met by a manufacturer, they must not issue a certificate of conformity and they must require the manufacturer to take corrective measures.
The register also contains details of bodies in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the United States of America, which the UK is designating as Approved Bodies through Mutual Recognition Agreements.
12. Enforcement and penalties
In Great Britain, the market surveillance authority for apparatus, in relation to the protection and management of the radio spectrum is the Office of Communications (OFCOM), and for other apparatus is the local weights and measures authority (trading standards).
The 2016 Regulations also provide powers to the Secretary of State or a person appointed to act on their behalf to enforce the 2016 Regulations and Regulation EC 765/2008 (RAMS) as amended by The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which sets out requirements for market surveillance of products.
The 2016 Regulations provide powers to market surveillance authorities to take action to protect consumers and users when products present a risk and to take action against economic operators for products that present a risk or are not in conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations as set out in regulations 56 to 60. Economic operators are required to cooperate with the enforcement authority and, on request, must provide information and take action as appropriate.
The UK market surveillance authorities (local trading standards authorities) will take all appropriate measures to withdraw from the GB market, to prohibit or restrict the supply of apparatus which may endanger the health and safety of persons, property or the environment.
Market surveillance authorities must continue to have regard for the Regulators’ Code when developing the policies and operational procedures that guide their regulatory activities in this area. They should carry out their activities in a way that supports those they regulate to comply and grow, including choosing proportionate approaches that reflect risk.
In responding to non-compliance that they identify, regulators should clearly explain what the non-compliant item or activity is, the advice being given, actions required, or decisions taken, and the reasons for these. Unless immediate action is needed to prevent a serious breach, regulators should provide an opportunity for dialogue in relation to the advice, requirements or decisions, with a view to ensuring that they are acting in a way that is proportionate and consistent. The Secretary of State takes account of the provisions of both the Regulators’ Code and the Growth Duty in exercising their regulatory functions.
A person committing an offence under the 2016 Regulations is liable to a penalty. Penalties can include a fine or a prison sentence of up to three months (or both) for the most serious offences.
While it is a matter for the enforcement authority to decide whether prosecution is appropriate in each case, should a prosecution take place, it is at the discretion of the court to decide the penalties imposed on the offender.
Approved Body – A conformity assessment body which has been approved by the Secretary of State.
Authorised Representative – A person appointed in writing by a manufacturer to perform specific tasks for the manufacturer. Authorised representatives for the GB market must be based in the UK. Manufacturers remain ultimately responsible for ensuring these tasks are carried out properly.
Declaration of conformity – A document prepared by the manufacturer which must detail the following:
1. the specific apparatus to which the declaration is referring
2. the name and address of the manufacturer and, where applicable, their authorised representative
This must be kept by the manufacturer for a period of ten years from the date on which the apparatus was placed on the GB market. This declaration must be made available to the enforcing authority upon request.
Distributor – Any person in the GB supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes apparatus available on the GB market.
Enforcing Authority – In Great Britain, this is OFCOM. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and local trading standards authorities may also enforce these Regulations.
Importer – A person established in the UK who places apparatus from a country outside of the UK on the GB market. This includes a person based in NI who has been supplied with the product from an EEA country, and who would, under NI law, be a distributor. A person who before 1 January 2021 (under EU Rules) distributed apparatus within the EU (including the UK, and including Switzerland) is now an importer if they are bringing apparatus into GB from another country (including the EU Member States, the EEA or Switzerland).
Manufacturer – A person who manufactures apparatus or has apparatus designed or manufactured and markets that apparatus under their name or trademark.
UK Conformity Marking – The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK conformity marking used for certain goods (including electrical and electronic equipment) being placed on the GB market, in place of the CE marking which is the conformity marking used in Northern Ireland and the European Union.
UKNI Marking (also known as the UK(NI) indication) – The UKNI marking is a new marking applied in addition to the CE marking, where a good requiring mandatory third-party conformity assessment has been tested against EU requirements by a UK body. The UKNI marking applies when placing such products on the Northern Ireland market. Under the Government’s unfettered access commitments, products lawfully marked with the UKNI marking can also be placed on the GB market if they are also qualifying Northern Ireland goods.
1: The following legislative amendments and Government announcements apply:
The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment to Extent and Meaning of Market) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 to apply to Great Britain only, and not to Northern Ireland, in support of implementing The Protocol of Ireland and Northern Ireland (“The Northern Ireland Protocol”).
The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 were further amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (UK(NI) Indication) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 to provide for a 24-month transition period for importer labelling (for goods from the EEA), and the UKCA marking, to amend the definition of “authorised representative” as well as introducing an end (in 12 months from the end of the Transition Period) to the recognition of goods meeting EU requirements, as well as introducing provisions for qualifying Northern Ireland goods.
On 24 August 2021, the Government announced the transition period for UKCA marking would be extended until 31 December 2022. The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 gave effect to this. On 14 November 2022, the Government announced it would be extending this until 31 December 2024. The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/1393) give effect to this.
On 20 June 2022, the Government announced the provisions for UKCA labelling and importer labelling would be extended until 31 December 2025. On 14 November 2022, the Government announced it would be extending the provisions for UKCA labelling and importer labelling until 31 December 2027. The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/1393) give effect to this.
2: A Declaration of Conformity is a document that declares that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product.
3: Until 11 pm 31 December 2024, apparatus conforming to EU rules, including the CE marking, may be placed on the market of Great Britain.
4: On 24 August 2021 the Government announced the transition periods for UKCA marking and UKCA labelling would each be extended until 31 December 2022 and 31 December 2023 respectively. The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 gave effect to this. On 20 June 2022, the Government announced the provisions for UKCA labelling would be extended until 31 December 2025. On 14 November 2022, the Government announced it would be extending the transition period for UKCA marking until 31 December 2024 and the provisions for UKCA labelling and importer labelling until 31 December 2027. The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/1393) give effect to this.
5: On 20 June 2022, the Government announced the provisions for importer labelling would be extended until 31 December 2025. On 14 November 2022, the Government announced it would be extending the provisions for importer labelling until 31 December 2027. The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/1393) give effect to this.