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On 14 November 2022, the UK Government announced the publication of the draft “Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022”, intended to provide businesses with additional time to transition into the UK requirements, and providing flexibility and choice on how to comply with these regulations.
The changes introduced by this Statutory Instrument are:
- Continued recognition of CE marking and reverse epsilon marking until 31 December 2024.
- Allowing businesses to affix the UKCA marking or include importer information for products from EEA countries on an accompanying document or a label until 31 December 2027.
- Allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking undertaken by 31 December 2024 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for UKCA marking, until the expiry of the certificate or until 31 December 2027.
Companies are reminded that cosmetic products do not require CE marking, but these extensions are applicable for the marking of cosmetic aerosols, in which the reverse epsilon is to be replaced by the UKCA mark.
Additionally, the Statutory Instrument will provide a further extension to the requirement to label cosmetic products with a UK Responsible Person (UK RP) name and address, where this requirement is in compliance with Article 19(1)(a) of the EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EU CPR). The new deadline to comply with the UK Cosmetics Regulation (UKCR) requirements is 31 December 2027.
The official announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) can be found here. The Statutory Instrument was made on 21 December 2022 and can be accessed here, it will come into force on 31 December 2022 without further changes.