Well the timer is nearly at 0 and the UK will have left the EU, what does that mean for compliance?
Simple, the CE marking rules will probably still apply until such a time that new legislation is enacted into UK law. The new legislation is highly likely to mirror that of the current EU regulations that are used today.
We will keep all our customers upto date.
We did write an article some time a go about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU with no deal, here it is.
Office for product safety & standards have released a guidance amendment to the EMC regulations in the event of a no deal on the 31st October 2019.
REGULATIONS 2016 as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc.
(Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations
Now what does this new marking look like??
Will this mark cover us for Europe? Nope, we will still have to apply the CE Mark. The UKCA mark is only for the UK market.
The UKCA conformity mark will replace the CE marking for apparatus placed on the UK market. This can be done two ways :
1) Assessment by a UK approved body
2) Self assessment, Manufacturers selling apparatus on the UK market can alternatively affix the new UK conformity marking before placing the apparatus on the UK market, if they use a UK approved body. It will also be possible to affix both the UKCA marking and the CE marking to the same product on the basis of self-declaration. When exporting to the EU, the CE marking remains mandatory.
Enforcement and penalties
Just like the old regulations trading standards will police this..
A person committing an offence under the Regulations is liable to a penalty. Penalties can include a fine or a prison sentence of up to three months (or both) for the most serious offences.
What happens in the event of a deal with the EU?
This will depend on the detail of the withdrawal deal. If the deal includes a transition period to full exit from the EU, then the new marking process will not be required until the end of that period. Even then, the final conformity relationship with the EU-27 countries after the transition will most likely be defined by a future free trade agreement which will contain specific rules for conformity assessment.