No Deal Brexit guidance from Scottish Government on the Construction Products Regulations

Guidance from Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards Division, to Scottish Local Authorities, about changes to the Construction Products Regulations in preparation of a possible no deal Brexit on 31 October 2019.

The UK intends to leave the EU on 31 October. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU CPR will be retained in domestic law by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The government has made legislation that ensures that the UK-based CPR system will continue to operate after exit day.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, European harmonised standards and UK designated standards will be identical. Notified bodies operating under the CPR and based in the UK will be granted new UK ‘approved body’ status and listed on a new UK database. Where a UK approved body has undertaken conformity assessment activity against UK designated standards, the manufacturer must affix a UKCA marking.

Goods affixed with a compliant CE marking on the UK market before exit day will be able to continue to circulate in the UK. Additionally, goods which are made and assessed against EU harmonised standards and carry a compliant CE marking can continue to be placed on the UK market. It is intended that these arrangements will be for a time-limited period and sufficient notice will be given to economic operators before that period ends.

For further information, please read Construction Products Regulation if there is no Brexit deal. This guidance was updated on 8 August, and any feedback you have on the guidance would be welcome.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have also produced guidance which may be useful: placing manufactured goods on the EU market if there’s no deal and placing manufactured goods on the UK market if there’s no deal.

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