Last reviewed 1 July 2022

We reported recently that the Government had decided to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales (see Government aims to simplify new product safety markings).

The changes have been welcomed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) with Head of Trade Policy, William Bain, agreeing that these new easements would support cashflow and help to reduce costs.

“Usage of EU certificates will cut duplicate testing costs, which firms could have faced early next year to place goods on the market in Great Britain,” he went on. “Those companies which have the resources to do so, will also have the flexibility of importing CE-marked goods before the end of the year and placing these on the market in Great Britain without subsequent relabelling.”

However, Mr Bain warned that uncertainties still exist in terms of what will happen to markings in Northern Ireland.

The current arrangements suggest that CE-only marked goods, brought over from Northern Ireland, could continue to be placed on the market in Great Britain, whereas those from the rest of the world could not beyond the end of 2025.

“There is some way to go before businesses will have complete assurance about the operation of the new markings systems,” Mr Bain concluded.