The UK Government has completed a Product Safety Review and announced new legislation to introduce digital labelling on a large selection of UK imports.

The new law will allow British businesses to utilise Digital labelling containing manufacturing information online, as an alternative to a physical label applied to a product, when importing goods manufactured overseas into the UK. The move has been proposed to help reduce costs for British businesses and lessen the bureaucratic burdens of producing physical import labels.

Business and Trade Minister Kevin Hollinrake said:

“I know first-hand the difficulties businesses face with regulations and red tape, and what we’re announcing today will not only ease business burdens and costs but will enable them to spend their time growing their companies and creating jobs.

“We’ve worked closely with multiple sectors to create a policy that works for them and this is another step in the right direction to back British businesses.”

Kevin Hollinrake, Business and Trade Minister

European CE Marking

Alongside the introduction of digital labelling, the UK will also add legislation to continue to use and recognition of the European CE marking (or reverse epsilon marking, where applicable) on a range of products alongside the UK’s newly introduced UKCA product safety standard across many consumer product categories.

The new law will not apply to regulations for medical devices, construction products, marine equipment, rail products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment and unmanned aircraft systems, led by relevant government departments.

Representatives of UK manufacturers and businesses have said to have welcomed the news to both introduce digital labelling and continue the recognition of the EU product safety markings.

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK representing the UK manufacturing sector, said:

“The addition of three further regulated sectors that will benefit from the indefinite recognition of current EU requirements including the use of CE marking, is a welcome move that manufacturers who develop and sell products in these areas will very much welcome and support.?

“The added introduction of a ‘fast track’ process for products that are covered by multiple regulations, new permanent arrangements for labelling flexibility and an option for digital labelling, will all work together to help safeguard the competitiveness of manufacturers and aid the UK as a destination for investment. Make UK has called for the indefinite extension of a CE marking recognition for all UK manufactured goods to be a permanent change, and this should cover all goods and products sectors produced using a manufacturing process.”

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK

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