No time to lose if you use CE markings to export to the EU27

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Do you use the CE marking on any goods or products that you sell into the EU27 countries?  If you do, you may need to move quickly to protect your position, given that the chances of the UK crashing out of the EU on 29 March in a No Deal Brexit are rising by the day.

Why the panic? It’s because on Saturday, the UK government released a new Guidance Note covering this area. And it warned that if there was a No Deal Brexit:

“UK notified bodies will lose their status as notified bodies in the EU. This means that after 31 October 2019 the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU. This means that products assessed by a body that was prior to exit a UK notified body will no longer be able to be placed on the EU market without reassessment and re-marking by an EU recognised conformity assessment body.”

Yes, there are certain exceptions. And a No Deal Brexit is not yet certain. But if you haven’t seen the Notice, and you think it might apply to your business, you really should read it now. And you should also check that all the companies in your supply chain have read it too.

The news highlights one key issue with Brexit preparations. This is that most people in business today have no experience of operating under WTO Rules. So they don’t remember all the forms that needed to be filled in, and the endless documentation that was required.

This is where joining Ready for Brexit can help you, and your supply chain partners. Our audit tools and checklists have been designed by experts – who do remember what it was like before 1993, when the Single Market and Customs Union began.

We can help you go up the learning curve very quickly. But don’t delay, there are now only 40 working days to 29 March.

Anna Tobin
Ready For Brexit


Anna Tobin Editor of Ready for Brexit