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Brexit and CE Marking Update (December 2017)

UPDATE: On the 15th December, leaders of the 27 remaining EU nations agreed that negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union should move onto the next phase. So how does this further development affect your CE Marking obligations?

The first phase of negotiations centred around the UK’s existing obligations to the EU; the rights of EU citizens in the UK, border issues and the financial commitments undertaken as a Member State. Negotiators have now agreed that sufficient progress has been made on these matters to move to the second phase of talks; pertaining to the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Both the EU and the UK have agreed that a ‘Transition’ or ‘Implementation’ period be agreed during which the UK would still be subject to EU law after it leaves the EU; the UK have suggested that this should be for two years following the UK’s departure in March 2019, however the EU have strongly urged that this period should end on 31st December 2020 to coincide with their seven year financial cycle.

In terms of CE Marking, products placed on the market in the 27 remaining EU member states will continue to be subject to CE Marking legislation after Brexit and into the future. Both parties appear to favour the UK remaining within the Single Market during the transition period and as such it could be assumed that products placed on the market in the UK will also fall under the scope of CE Marking legislation.

The CE Marking Association will continue to follow the Brexit process and consider its effects on CE Marking for UK Manufacturers; we will publish updates as they become available however if you wish to discuss any topics related to CE Marking, then please get in contact.

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