I have today laid before parliament the draft Statutory Instrument “Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022” and an accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum. The instrument will provide businesses with additional time to transition to the post-exit independent UKCA regime, providing businesses with flexibility and choice on how to comply with product regulations.
We are committed to doing all we can to provide flexibility for industry. These measures intend to reduce immediate burdens and costs for businesses, in light of current cost of living and global supply chain challenges, whilst maintaining high standards of product safety.
The main purposes of this instrument are to:
- Extend acceptance of certain products meeting EU requirements and markings on the market in Great Britain for a further 2 years, until 31 December 2024.This intends to provide businesses with flexibility and choice on how to comply with product regulations.
And, as previously announced on 20 June 2022, but with updated timelines:
- Provide that where manufacturers, or other relevant persons, have acted under EU conformity assessment procedures by 31 December 2024, that action will be treated as having been taken under the UK conformity assessment procedures until the expiry of the certificate, or until 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner. This is intended to reduce immediate costs associated with third-party retesting and recertification and make the transition to UKCA compliance easier for businesses.
- Extend existing labelling provisions for UKCA marking, importer information and responsible persons’ information until 31 December 2027. This is intended to reduce costs and burdens associated with fulfilling labelling requirements.
There are different rules for medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products, cosmetics and marine equipment. There are also different rules for Northern Ireland.
The Statutory Instrument will be made using powers under section 8 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Further details about the changes and their effects are contained in the section 7 of the accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum. The draft of this instrument and the accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum can be found on gov.uk.
My officials will continue to engage with industry closely to provide businesses with support, and to understand how to take a pragmatic approach to improving regulation to the benefit of businesses and consumers. This will include continuing to review the UK regulatory framework to understand how we could reduce costs and burdens for businesses in the longer term.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords