Modern Harmonisation Approach

Common Market to Single Market The first and central objective of the European Union, originally the European Economic Community was the common market. The expression “internal market” replaced the expression “common market” after the Single European Act.  The Single European Act sought to introduce an area without frontiers in which there was free movement of […]

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EU Product Safety

General Product Safety The European Communities (General Product Safety) Regulations give effect to Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety. The Regulations require that consumer products placed on the market are safe and obliges producers to place only safe products on the market. The […]

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Accreditation & EU Standards

Accreditation and market surveillance EU Regulation (EC No 765/2008) sets out requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products. The Regulation lays down common rules for accrediting bodies that ensure that non-food products in the European Union (EU) conform to certain requirements. There are separate regulations in relation to food safety. […]

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Vehicle Approval UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice explains the contingency plans the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) would implement in order to allow vehicle and component manufacturers to place new products on the market if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without an agreement. Motorists and fleet operators would not be affected […]

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Goods Standards II UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice explains the future arrangements for the regulation of most goods covered by the EU’s New Approach, which includes those regulated under the ‘New Legislative Framework’ as well as machinery. In particular it covers arrangements for conformity assessment (the testing of goods to ensure they meet relevant requirements). These goods are subject to […]

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Goods Standards UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice provides guidance on how the importing and exporting non-harmonised goods under the mutual recognition principle would be affected in the unlikely event that the UK exits the EU without a deal in March 2019. Before 29 March 2019 Some manufactured goods are subject to national regulations rather than EU-wide rules. Examples include […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Biocidal Products

Brussels, 23 January 2018 BIOCIDAL  PRODUCTS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that unless the withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law ceases to apply to the […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Plant Products

Brussels, 23 January 2018 PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Industrial Products

22 January 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS1 The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement2 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Vehicles Type Approval

Brussels, 28 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS TYPEAPPROVAL OF CERTAIN VEHICLES AND ENGINES The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary […]

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Labelling / Product Safety UK No Deal Notes

Labelling tobacco products and e-cigarettes Purpose The purpose of this notice is to provide information to organisations, businesses and members of the public concerned with tobacco and related products, regarding changes to the regulation of such products in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the European Union (EU) in March 2019 with no agreement […]

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