BEIS has issued updated guidance on “Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain”. This is dated 1st June 2021 and replaces guidance last issued on 31st December 2020.

The updated guidance can be viewed here.

Summary of changes

The main change to the document covers updates to UK legislation given in the table under the heading “Relevant UK and EU legislation”. Changes are made concerning legislation for:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Gas appliances
  • Ecodesign Directive

New items included are:

  • Energy Directive
  • Directive 2013/29/EU – Pyrotechnic Articles

Other differences in the text are as follows:

On page 2, Contents

  • Paragraph 3 the following sentence has been added:

“This guidance explains what you need to do for any goods you’re placing on the GB market after 1 January 2021.”

  • Paragraph 5 the following sentence has been added:

“placing a good on the market means individual good, not a type of good.”

On page 3 under ‘Old approach goods’ and ‘Other goods’

  • Reference is now made to ‘goods on the GB market’ whereas previously it read ‘goods on the UK market’.

On page 3, Other goods

  • Construction products has now been added to the list of goods with special rules. This links to the guidance issued on 1st September 2020 –Construction Product Regulation in Great Britain.

On page 4, Check if you need to change your conformity assessment or marking

  • Paragraph 2 – The words “…after 31 December 2021” have been removed from the end of the sentence

On page 4, Using the UKCA marking

  • The first sentence now read “You only need to use the new UKCA marking before 1 January 2022 if all of the following apply.” This previously read “…UKCA marking after 1 January 2021…”

On page 5, Mandatory third-party conformity assessment for the UKCA marking.

  • Paragraph three – a new sentence has been added which reads “The UK Market Conformity Assessment Bodies (UKMCAB) database (link inserted in the document) lists all bodies which can provide conformity assessment for the UK market.”

On page 6, CE marking if you’re placing a qualifying Northern Ireland good on the GB market.  Paragraphs 4 & 5 are new and read:

  • “Find out whether your goods qualify for unfettered access (link inserted in the document).
  • “Find out more about the government’s approach to unfettered access (link inserted in the document).”

On page 7, Check your legal responsibilities

  • Manufacturers – new text added but nothing new as regards requirements
  • UK distributors and suppliers, paragraph 3, bullet point one – the last sentence has been added and reads “After 31 December 2022, your details must be affixed to the product or, in circumstances where the legislation allows, on the packaging or on an accompanying document.”

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Thanks to the Construction Products Association for pulling this information together on behalf of FIS Members