Last reviewed 18 November 2021

A great deal of the product safety and regulatory law on which UK companies have relied for the last 40 years came from the European Union and much of this body of legislation became “retained EU law” once the UK’s exit from the Union was complete.

Many of the resulting regulations have been amended to take account of changes such as the European Commission no longer having a role and the introduction of UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking in the place of CE marking.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has now produced a set of guides for businesses on the relevant regulations.

OPSS statutory guidance

The following are now available (most also link to a separate document covering Northern Ireland):

Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018:

this document clarifies product labelling requirements, reflects the extension of the transition period for UKCA marking and refers to EU Market Surveillance Regulation 2019/1020, now in force in Northern Ireland. It also takes account of the end of the temporary disapplication of obligations on economic operators to ensure full conformity assessment of Covid-19 related PPE.

Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016:

this document, which is intended to assist understanding of the regulations as amended at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, includes obligations for manufacturers, their authorised representatives, importers and distributors.

Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations 2016:

this document clarifies product labelling requirements, reflects the extension of the transition period for UKCA marking and refers to EU Market Surveillance Regulation 2019/1020, now in force in Northern Ireland.

Lifts Regulations 2016:

this document includes obligations for manufacturers, their authorised representatives, importers and distributors.

Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016:

this document, which is intended to assist understanding of the regulations as amended at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, includes obligations for economic operators (manufacturers, their authorised representatives, importers and distributors), conformity assessment bodies and market surveillance authorities.

Noise from Outdoor Equipment Regulations 2001:

this document, which is intended to assist understanding of the regulations as amended at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, includes obligations for manufacturers and their authorised representatives.

Recreational Craft Regulations 2017:

this document clarifies product labelling requirements, reflects the extension of the transition period for UKCA marking and refers to EU Market Surveillance Regulation 2019/1020, now in force in Northern Ireland.

See also Get to grips with retained EU safety legislation — Part one.