As the 1st January 2021 looms ever closer, the industry is gearing up for the changes Brexit will bring. While potential changes to VAT and Customs & Excise duties remain in a state of flux, at least until trade negotiations are completed, there are some certainties ahead that you need to be prepared for.
On your marks…
One of the most significant developments is the CE mark transitioning to the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking. This new UK product marking will cover most goods that previously required and currently use CE mark.
The new UKCA marking can be used from 1st January next year and will follow the same conformity assessment processes as the current CE mark (although CE marking can still be used until 1st January 2022 in the majority of cases). However, be aware the UKCA mark won’t be recognised in the EU market, so products currently requiring CE marking will still need this in order to be sold in Europe from the beginning of 2021.
Looking even further ahead, from 1st January 2022, CE marking won’t be recognised in Great Britain for the product areas covered by the government’s guidance – including gas appliances. However, CE marked products will still be valid for sale in the UK, providing they are also UKCA marked and compliant with the relevant UK rules. (Note: The new rules do not apply to Northern Ireland, which will have its own UKNI mark.)
ErP label changes
Another key change pertinent to the heating and hot water industry is a revision to ErP labelling. While the current labels will be accepted for use in the UK until the new year, from 1st January 2021 a new label will need to be present.
Although the new labels will still comply to the same ErP rules as now, they will show a Union Jack in place of the current EU flag, while all text will be written in English only. This will be the only accepted label in the UK. However, for products manufactured in Europe and destined for the UK and Republic of Ireland, both the EU and UK labels must be present.
Rest assured, as a business, Ariston is fully prepared for 2021 and we are here to support our customers throughout the year ahead. Should you need to speak to a member of the team about the impact these new regulations could have on your heating or hot water projects, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
For the latest update on Brexit regulations please visit: www.gov.uk/transition