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Brexit: new UK product safety mark or CE mark, or both? Update on no-deal legislation

01 Apr 2019
The draft legislation implementing the new requirements for currently CE-marked products, titled The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, was issued in February and passed by Parliament on 20 March. The mammoth piece of legislation encompasses no less than 38 pieces of affected legislation, with Part 3 covering the amendments to the product safety regulations, encompassing all CE marked products with certain exceptions including pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and construction products. The Regulations will only take effect in the event of the UK exiting the EU without a deal.

Brexit: new UK product safety mark or CE mark, or both?

06 Feb 2019
The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is the new UK product marking that, subject to parliamentary approval, will be used for certain categories of products being placed on the UK in the event of a no deal. As part of accelerated planning for a no-deal Brexit, on the 2 February 2019, the government published guidance on using the UKCA marking post 29 March 2018. The guidance does not cover construction products, medical devices or rail interoperability which have been dealt with separately.

Allergen labelling requirements – all change?

31 Jan 2019
In the wake of the widely publicised fatalities and other serious incidents relating to the absence of allergen information on prepacked foods for direct sale to consumers, a joint Consultation by the Food Standards Agency, Food Standards Scotland, Defra and the Department for Health & Social Care has been launched on improving allergen information on these foods. The Consultation closes on what is currently EU Exit Day, 29 March 2019.

Does the Government's childhood obesity strategy cut the mustard?

02 Sep 2016
On 18 August the Government's long-awaited childhood obesity strategy was finally published. Originally due for publication in December 2015, 'Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action' sets out how the government intends to tackle the issue of childhood obesity. Obesity is a growing problem in the UK, costing the NHS an estimated £5.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related illnesses in 2014/15.