If the UK should eventually leave the EU with no-deal, any goods requiring certification and placed on the market prior to the exit date, will be able to stay in circulation, however different regulations may apply to different products.
The EU’s CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area.
Irrespective of origin, the legal standing of goods on sale will not change after the UK exit the EU.
After leaving, goods will undergo a ‘conformity assessment’ to ensure they comply with essential requirements and some will require assessment through an external body, whilst most can be declared by the manufacturer.
CE markings, as required by current EU regulations can still be used on goods sold in the UK market after Brexit, if they are already available for purchase before we leave.
This, however, will only be for a limited time. Businesses will be provided with notice by the government before this period ends.
The new UK conformity assessment that will launch after the UK leave the EU will replace the CE mark, indicating that a product conforms to the UK regulations and can be placed on the market.
UK notified bodies will be renamed as UK approved bodies, representing their new legal status after the UK leave the EU however, the role they play will not change. At this moment, UK notified bodies are listed on the NANDO database, and after the leaving the EU, UK approved bodies will be listed on a similar database which will be published by the UK government. Any goods that are conformity assessed by UK approved body will be legally required to use the UKCA marking.
Standards for manufactured goods will stay the same, and the current EU standards will be transferred as designated standards.
Distributors importing into the UK from the EU or EEA will have a different status after Brexit. They will go from a ‘distributor’ to an ‘importer’.
Importers will have to label goods with company details and ensure that conformity assessments have been carried out on imported goods, having been marked with the correct markings. Moreover, manufacturers will need to complete all required technical documentation and monitor any products that they have made available on the market.
No goods should be placed on the market if they do not conform to the relevant essential requirements. Legal obligations for both distributors, whose status remains unchanged, and manufacturers should not change much after Brexit