Product Safety and Metrology amendments with guidance

The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 enter into force on 9th December 2021 with two objectives:

  • make provisions to ensure businesses have sufficient time to comply with new UK conformity assessment marking (UKCA) requirements in order to legally place products on the market in Great Britain (England and Wales and Scotland)
  • make necessary technical amendments to certain product safety and metrology legislation so that it works fully as intended

The amendment Regulations:

  • extends the UK’s acceptance of certain products meeting EU requirements and markings until 31 December 2022 for products placed on the market in Great Britain;
  • extends existing easements allowing businesses to affix the UKCA marking using a label or accompanying document until 31 December 2023; and
  • amends some provisions of specific product safety and metrology legislation, which have previously been amended following the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, to ensure those provisions work fully as intended.

The following Regulations are amended:

  • Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
  • Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Radio Equipment Regulations 2017

The Office for Product Safety and Standards updated its statutory guidance on 16 November, to reflect the extension of the transition period for UKCA marking, and refers to EU Market Surveillance Regulation 2019/1020, which is now in force in Northern Ireland.

The guidance updated includes (click on each title to read guidance):

The guidance documents will assist your understanding of the regulations as amended at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

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