GB businesses wishing to supply goods on the GB market following the departure of the UK from the single European market must meet the amended GB rules for product conformity, and in most cases show this by the new UKCA marking. The main amending legal instrument is the Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc.)(EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which seek to provide continuity and maintain high standards for safety. This guide describes the common requirements for industrial products that must be met, primarily from a product safety perspective. However, other non-safety product legislation (e.g. environmental) which often impose similar duties on the various economic operators may also apply to a product and must also be met in full for product compliance.

This guide does not cover placing of workplace goods on the marketplace in Northern Ireland or goods from Northern Ireland being placed on the GB market as part of unfettered access. Information on this can be found at GOV.UK. Whilst the above amending product safety Regulations make changes, (e.g.; UKCA instead of CE marking, designated standards instead of harmonised standards and UK Conformity Assessment Bodies instead of European Notified Bodies), they also permit continued access to the GB market for goods complying with European single market rules until 31st December 2021 (CE marking etc), and maintain alignment in the main safety requirements (essential requirements, technical files, information for users, third party verification in specified instances).

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