SELECT has welcomed new advice that confirms how Construction Products Regulation (CPR) could be affected by a 'no deal' Brexit.
The UK government has announced that if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal on 31 October, EU CPR will be retained and a UK-based system will operate, with identical European harmonised standards and UK designated standards.
Notified UK bodies currently operating under CPR will be granted ‘approved body’ status and listed on a new database. Where such a 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.
Dave Forrester, head of technical at SELECT, said, “In a time of uncertainty, this confirmation of how CPR will be dealt with going forward is welcome news and should help our members deal with a potentially complicated issue.
“At the same time, if SELECT members do have any further queries, we are also happy to help and offer relevant advice.”