7.9.2020 - Business Readiness Bulletin – UK Transition

7th September 2020

Business Readiness Bulletin – The UK transition

Issue 50: 7 September 2020     

The UK has left the EU and the transition period comes to an end this year. Take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.  All information on the UK Transition can be found at www.gov.uk/transition  


  • Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021
  • Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021
  • Call for Evidence on the recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions
  • New Guidance
  • Updated Guidance

 

Placing manufactured goods on the EU and GB market from 1 January 2021

  • EU market: New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the EU market from 1 January 2021 has been published.
  • GB market: New guidance on what you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021 has been published.

 

Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021

New guidance explains how to use the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking. The UKCA marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until January 2022 in most cases.

 

Call for Evidence on the recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions

The Government has opened a Call for Evidence to gather insights into how professional qualifications are recognised and professions are regulated. We would like to hear your views and experiences on employing regulated professionals and using services provided by these professionals. To respond, please complete the online questionnaire or submit your response to professional-regulation-evidence@beis.gov.uk by 23 October 2020.

 

New Guidance

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency post-transition period information: From 1 January 2021, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will be the UK’s standalone medicines and medical devices regulator. New guidance has been published to support stakeholders to get ready for new rules from 1 January 2021.

Pay less or no duty on goods you store, process, repair or temporarily use: Find out about customs special procedures that enable you to suspend, pay less or no duty on goods you import or export.

 

Updated Guidance

Working in the UK as a frontier worker from 1 January 2021: Guidance for frontier workers who want to enter the UK from 1 January 2021 has been updated.  From 1 January 2021 you’ll need to apply for a frontier worker permit to enter the UK as a frontier worker (You’re a frontier worker if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you regularly commute to the UK because you are employed or self-employed here but live elsewhere.)

How to comply with REACH chemical regulations: Guidance on how to comply with the EU's REACH chemical regulations when using, making, selling or importing chemicals in the EU has been updated to provide businesses with more information on what they'll need to do to prepare for 1 January 2021.

Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS): You must continue to use TRACES to notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for imports into the UK from non-EU countries until 1 January 2021. More information here.

Importing and exporting live aquatic animals from 1 January 2021: Guidance on how importers and exporters of live aquatic animals for aquaculture and for ornamental purposes should prepare for changes from 1 January 2021 has been updated