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New product-specific Government guidance released

Published on: 19 November 2020

4New product-specific Government guidance released

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has released a new set of guides on specific product safety and metrology regulations for businesses placing goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021.
 
These guides detail the requirements for each product category which includes machinery and recreational craft and clarify in advance how the regulatory framework will be revised and must be applied following the end of the transition period. 
 
Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
The Guide is for businesses placing recreational craft on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021. If you are placing recreational craft on the market in Northern Ireland, you should read this separate guidance.
 
The Guide is designed to help explain The Recreational Craft Regulations 2017, as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (referred to in this document as “The 2017 Regulations”). The 2017 Regulations set out the requirements that must be met before products can be placed on the GB market. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure safe products are placed on the GB market by requiring manufacturers to show how their products meet the ‘essential requirements’.
 
This guidance is relevant to manufacturers, importers (including private importers) and distributors of recreational craft, personal watercraft and certain engines and other specified components. It will also be of interest to consumers and approved bodies. This guidance also sets out the enforcement regime.
 
Guides for machinery, electrical and electronic equipment and gas appliances can be found here.