This blog post is about Brexit. But don’t roll your eyes and scroll on by. Because if you buy, sell or distribute any CE Marked products, it directly affects you.
Do you sell CE Marked products? Are the CE Marks based on testing by a UK test houses? If so, you may have a shock coming because, on Brexit day – now just over a year away on 19 March 2019 – those CE Marks will become invalid as UK-based certified test bodies lose their EU Notified Body status.
Yes, you read that right. Any CE Mark based on UK-based testing and certification will become invalid next March.
The European Commission’s announcement to this effect in January seems to have gone largely unnoticed in the building industry, but it has importantly and costly ramifications across almost every sector in the construction industry – from floors to roofs, from insulation to windows. It will no longer to be legal to place on the market in the EU or the UK any product that is legally required to carry a CE Mark under the Construction Products Regulation, if they’ve been tested and certified in the UK.
This announcement raises a number of issues for the manufacturers and distributors of many CE Marked building products. Will products carrying a UK-accredited CE Mark need to be re-tested, possibly at considerable, potentially crippling, additional cost? Or will it be possible to transfer the certificate from the UK Notified Body to an EU-27 Notified Body which would then take over the responsibility for that certificate.
How will this affect the legal status of life-critical products such as fire doors and other fire suppression systems? It raises the bizarre situation whereby UK manufacturers will be forced to send their products abroad to be tested and certified, to sell them as CE Marked product in the UK, where they were produced.
This is potentially an opening negotiating stance by the European Commission. But manufactures and distributors cannot afford to take that risk and find themselves with products next March which they are unable to sell. They need a Plan B. Plan Brexit.
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