Last reviewed 8 June 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a public consultation seeking views about amending the requirements for conformity assessment and marking of transportable pressure equipment (TPE) being placed on the market in Great Britain.

It plans to amend the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1348) to end recognition of EU Pi-marked TPE.

This proposal is being put forward by the Dangerous Goods team, located in the DfT, which leads on policy for the safe and secure transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

It notes that, in Great Britain, the 2009 Regulations implement the requirements of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail and the Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.

Part 4 of the 2009 Regulations sets out the obligations of various parties involved with TPE, as well as rules for conformity assessment and marking.

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the rules established by the TPE Directive (2010/35/EU) continued to apply for the duration of a one-year transition period.

During this transition period, EU Pi-marked TPE could continue to be placed on the GB market and vice versa. Since the transition period ended on 31 December 2020, UK-approved TPE can no longer be placed on the EU market.

The aim under consultation is to amend the 2009 Regulations to require that TPE being placed on the GB market is conformity-assessed by a:

  • GB-appointed body and affixed with a Rho marking

  • notified body established in Northern Ireland, affixed with a Pi marking plus the indication “UK(NI)”.

Full details of the consultation can be found at GOV.UK and the deadline for submitting comments is 30 June 2021.