UK Government announces indefinite extension of EU’s ‘CE’ product laws

What on EARTH are they thinking? The 'CE' mark stands for “Conformité Européene”

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We are supposed to have left the EU – this is the Rejoiner Civil Service at work

Almost unbelievably, yesterday the Department for Business and Trade and its Remain-voting Minister Kevin Hollinrake MP announced “an indefinite extension” for British companies to continue to to put the EU’s ‘CE’ (‘Conformité Européene’) mark on their products after the end of 2024.

The vast majority of UK businesses do not sell to the EU, according to HMRC. And yet the Dept for Business and Trade wants to extend the validity of this EU symbol on UK products indefinitely. This in turn means that the companies using it will have to ensure their products meet all new EU rules, regulations and directives.

What is going on?

When the United Kingdom (minus Northern Ireland) finally left the EU on 31 December 2020, a new UK product conformity ‘mark’ came into being. The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking indicates conformity with the applicable requirements for products sold within Great Britain.

Since Brexit, companies in GB have been able to choose which mark they use – the EU’s ‘CE’ or the new UKCA. There is a separate mark for Northern Ireland known as the UKNI, but this can only be displayed alongside the EU’s ‘CE’ mark. This is further proof of the extent to which EU laws continue to apply in Northern Ireland.

A shocking history of repeated failures

Below we are showing the catalogue of failures by the Government and Civil Service regarding the cessation of the CE mark.

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The poor history of rescinding the EU's 'CE' marking

  • 01 Jan 2020 : Law for UKCA marking comes into force
  • 01 Jan 2022 : First deadline to cease recognising the CE mark
  • 31 Dec 2022 : Second deadline to cease recognising the CE mark
  • 31 Dec 2024 : Third deadline to cease recognising the CE mark
  • 01 Aug 2023 : Announcement that CE mark is extended indefinitely

[Sources: Official UK Government announcements.]

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Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake said yesterday:

“The Government is tackling red tape, cutting burdens for business, and creating certainty for firms – we have listened to industry, and we are taking action to deliver.

“By extending CE marking use across the UK, firms can focus their time and money on creating jobs and growing the economy.”

Toys ‘R’ EU

Only on Friday (28 Jul 2023), the unelected EU Commission announced they will be introducing new and additional Regulations governing toys. By the UK Government retaining the CE mark indefinitely, this means UK suppliers will have to abide by these new rules. British MPs will have no say over these.

One implication will be that British toy-makers will be required to have an EU-approved ‘Digital Product Passport’ for every toy they produce, in addition to obeying many other new EU rules.

Some of the UK’s retained EU laws that will now have to be updated

Below we list some of the EU laws which apply to products, together with the applicable UK retained law. Under the Government’s original plans, any EU Retained Laws not otherwise amended would have been – by default – scrapped at the end of this year. This promise itself has now been scrapped.

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“One of the principal reasons the UK voted to leave the EU was to develop its own regulatory system, more suited to British conditions.

“The vast majority of UK firms don’t export to the EU, yet are now apparently expected to use the CE mark indefinitely. That means a continued dynamic adherence to EU standards, even when they are unsuited to British conditions.

“This announcement is fairly obviously the work of Remain forces within the civil service. Ministers should think twice about it and ensure that British businesses are relieved of the burdensome regulation that rolls unremittingly out of the Brussels red tape factory."

List of some of the EU laws and their UK equivalents

EU Legislation
UK Legislation
Toy Safety - Directive 2009/48/EC
Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
Recreational craft and personal watercraft - Directive 2013/53/EU
Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
Simple Pressure Vessels - Directive 2014/29/EU
Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
Electromagnetic Compatibility - Directive 2014/30/EU
Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments - Directive 2014/31/EU
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
Measuring Instruments - Directive 2014/32/EU
Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
Lifts - Directive 2014/33/EU
Lifts Regulations 2016
ATEX - Directive 2014/34/EU
Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
Radio equipment - Directive 2014/53/EU
Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
Pressure equipment - Directive 2014/68/EU
Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
Personal protective equipment - Regulation (EU) 2016/425
Regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment as it applies in GB
Gas appliances - Regulation (EU) 2016/426
Regulation 2016/426 on gas appliances as it applies in GB
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC
Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
Ecodesign of energy-related products - Directive 2009/125/EC
Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010


This is not what we voted for

It is regrettable that in his very short statement yesterday, the Remain-voting Business Minister, Kevin Hollinrake MP completely misses the point. In the largest democratic vote in British history the British people voted to ‘take back control’.

Instead we have another example of the Government deciding to keep large parts of the GB and NI economies glued to EU laws, directives, rules, and regulations. It is ignominious that we shall all be buying British products indefinitely with the EU’s ‘Conformité Européene’ stamped on them.

No-one is suggesting that we should not continue to have UK laws on product safety. These were natural targets for possible revision, not repeal. The point is that this should have been decided by UK bodies, endorsed by UK lawmakers, in the national interest.

Instead we will now be wedded to the laws, regulations, directives and rules of the European Union Commission, ad infinitum.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Wed 02 Aug 2023

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