The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), recently revealed what would happen to the CE mark in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The CE mark has been a familiar logo since 1985, with many myths surrounding its use and even what CE stands for. In this article, we will provide guidance on what plans the Government has for the CE mark.
What is the CE mark?
It is a manufacturer’s or importer’s declaration that the product conforms with the relevant European Union (EU) regulations. It is like a passport and means that the goods can pass freely throughout the EU. It is not a guarantee that the goods are safe or reliable. The CE mark stands for ‘Conformité Européenne’, which is French for European Conformity.
What will happen to the CE mark in the result of a ‘no deal’ Brexit?
A UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark will be used instead.
How will it affect HIES members?
The Government has stated that CE marked goods will still be able to be sold and marketed after 29th March. This is intended to be for a time-limited period in which the Government will consult with industry and provide notice before ending this time-limited period. So until then, HIES members will still be able to sell and market CE marked goods.
Do HIES members need to do anything?
No, unless they manufacture or ‘place onto the market’ by importing goods from outside the EU. After the 29th March, members will need to ensure goods meet the essential requirements as set out in the EU legislation.
Where can I go for further advice?
BEIS have provided guidance on CE marking and the rules around using the new UKCA marking:
Your local trading standards office can also provide advice: