Last reviewed 3 September 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued new guidance for companies wishing to place manufactured goods on the EU market when the transition period ends on 1 January 2021.

Available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-eu-market-from-1-january-2021?, this first makes clear that different guidance is available (and linked to) for those placing manufactured goods:

  • on the market in Great Britain;

  • on the market in Northern Ireland from Great Britain; and

  • on the market in Northern Ireland from the EU.

BEIS also confirms that “if you’ve already placed your goods on the market in an EU country (or in the UK) before 1 January 2021, you do not need to do anything.”

The guide then explains that it mainly covers goods known in the EU as “new approach” goods, which can use the CE marking, as against goods regulated under the old approach (such as chemicals, medicines and vehicles). It advises to traders to consult their solicitor or trade association if they are unsure which regulatory framework applies to their goods.

Other sections in the guide cover issues such as checking if a change to a conformity assessment is required, appointing an EU-recognised notified body (“check whether your UK notified body is taking steps of its own, so that you can continue to export to the EU without needing to find a new EU notified body yourself”) and certificates and documentation.

BEIS advises on whether traders will need to appoint an authorised or responsible person and suggests that they contact goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk if they have goods regulation questions.