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UK publishes post-Brexit alternative for CE marking

New marking will apply to a range of UK-tested products to show compliance with required regulations as a replacement for the existing EU system should a Brexit withdrawal agreement not be reached next month

UK-based manufacturers reliant on the CE marking to show compliance with key EU safety and quality standards will have to switch to new branding for domestic testing should no-deal be reached on Brexit.

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has said that a new UK marking (UKCA) has been published this month to be used on a range of products that could impact some HVAC technology.

A no-deal Brexit, which would see the UK leave the EU on March 29 this year with limited formal arrangements for ensuring trade and regulatory compliance remains the default likelihood, unless parliament opts for an alternate arrangement over the next month.

A range of building services bodies and organisations have been urging the government and parliament over the last year to avoid such an exit in order to best safeguard existing trade and supply arrangements that are vital to their success.

With parliament still deadlocked over how and whether to proceed with Brexit as scheduled next month, departments such as BEIS have been issuing guidance to prepare industry and other critical sectors for the expected disruption from such a change.

Guidance received from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has noted that manufacturers would be able to retain the CE marking for products being sold in the UK for an unspecified period after March 29 if they meet EU standards.

FETA added, “This would include products that have had any necessary third-party assessment carried out by an EU-recognised body. The government would consult businesses before taking a decision on when this period would end.”

However, the UKCA mark will need to be applied by domestic manufacturers on products that need third party assessment after March 29 as the EU will not recognise the ability of UK bodies to apply the CE marking without an exit deal.

BEIS added, “This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised Notified Body (in which case the CE marking would apply).”

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