Monday September 16, 2019
EC Brexit Checklist Includes Product Safety
The most recent "Brexit Preparedness Checklist" from the EC includes some information about product safety. Dated September, it explains (bit.ly/2kbaa4X):
"[T]o ensure product safety and the protection of public health and the environment, the placing on the EU market of certain products requires a certificate by a body established in the EU or an authorization by an authority of an EU Member State…Post-Brexit, certificates or authorisations issued by UK authorities or by bodies based in the UK are no longer valid in the EU."
However, it also highlights issues like the potential need to relocate the designations of responsible parties and, relatedly, to update labels and other markings.
Additional issues affecting product safety include changes in customs status and different attention to prohibitions and restrictions with the U.K. as an EU outsider. On the latter, the checklist asks user to consider, "Am I acquainted with the EU rules for prohibitions and restrictions that will apply post-Brexit, in particular if I have so far had little or no experience in trading with third countries?"