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CE mark recognition extension announced by the UK government offers relief to businesses

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Indefinite extension of CE mark use for businesses heralds an era of smart regulations

On 1st August, the UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) made an announcement that will profoundly impact businesses in the country.

In a move designed to perpetuate the usage of CE marking for businesses, the DBT has decided to indefinitely extend its application.

This decision applies to 18 regulations that the DBT oversees. For a more in-depth look at the DBT and their role in this development, follow this link.

CE mark alongside UKCA marking brings certainty and relief to firms

The DBT’s announcement forms part of a larger package of streamlined regulations.

The aim is to alleviate business burdens and stimulate economic growth by eliminating barriers and unnecessary bureaucracy.

With extensive engagement with the industry, it’s clear British firms will now have the option to use CE marking in conjunction with the UKCA marking.

The move intends to mitigate uncertainty over regulations and reduce unnecessary expenses, thus encouraging businesses to focus more on innovation and growth.

Reactions to the CE mark extension: A breath of fresh air for businesses

Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake expressed his views on this decision: “The Government is tackling red tape, cutting burdens for business, and creating certainty for firms – we have listened to industry, and we are taking action to deliver.

“By extending CE marking use across the UK, firms can focus their time and money on creating jobs and growing the economy.”

Other stakeholders echoed these sentiments. Tina McKenzie, Policy Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), noted: “It’s welcome to see the continued recognition of CE marked products.

“This will allow time for small firms to adjust to the UKCA marking system and focus on growing their business both at home and overseas.”

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, also backed the move: “This is a pragmatic and common sense decision that manufacturers will very much welcome and support.

“This announcement will help safeguard the competitiveness of manufacturers and aid the UK as a destination for investment.”

In essence, this extension will offer businesses the flexibility and choice to utilise either the UKCA or CE approach to sell their products in Great Britain.

IFSJ Comment

This development not only brings a sigh of relief to businesses, but also streamlines regulatory processes.

This will hopefully result in a more conducive environment for innovation, growth, and job creation in the industry.

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