How is Brexit impacting on labelling?

How is Brexit impacting on labelling?

Wed 12th May 2021

The arguments have been done and dusted, a deal has been negotiated, and the UK has left the European Union. Whatever side of the debate you found yourself on, every industry now has to adapt to changed circumstances. In some instances, the changes have been negligible, in others they have been more profound prompting a wholesale rethink in how business is conducted across borders.

Brexit has triggered a raft of product labelling changes so companies will now potentially need to update their labels to incorporate new addresses, conformity marks and understand whether various EU-related logos can be used.

You can learn more in the detailed technical guidance issued by the UK government which can be found here. It focuses on new guidance relating to UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking. It’s a new UK product marking that is 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 and its introduction means some or all of your product labelling may need to be reviewed or replaced – something that Venture can support you with.

Here’s a snapshot of the salient points to be aware of:

  1. In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to the packaging.
  2. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or on other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.

In the know: Answers to some of the key questions around product labelling post-Brexit

A vast array of different products need to carry labels to be sold in different countries both within and outside of the EU. These range from foods to health and beauty products and medicines, and much more besides. Anyone producing or selling goods under these categories will need to have some understanding of what’s required if they hope to sell their goods either domestically or in the EU.

If you want to keep selling goods within the EU you will need to ensure that your products carry the correct labelling.


What’s the purpose of EU product labelling?

If you want to sell any kind of product within the EU it will in all likelihood need to carry some specific product information. This provides consumers with information about its contents in order to ensure it’s safe to use.

For producers, well-labelled goods significantly reduce their liability. Correct labelling will make it easier to continue selling your goods within the EU, meaning that informative and compliant product labelling works to the advantage of both producers and consumers.


Does EU labelling regulation cover everything?

 While EU labelling regulations are extensive the situation is complicated by the existence of distinct national labelling requirements as well. While in theory EU standards should be enough to trade anywhere across the Single Market, there are some areas that EU regulations are secondary to national requirements if they exist at all.

Since Brexit, it’s unlikely that these particular regulations will have changed, but it’s important to keep in touch with the regulatory situation in each country to which you’re hoping to supply products.

There’s no getting around the fact that product labelling regulations are incredibly complex and can sometimes feel like a moving goalpost. Arguably Brexit has made them even more difficult for UK producers and exporters, particularly in these early days when uncertainty remains.

Information regarding the current regulatory requirements for different products can be accessed online with portals such as Ready 4 Brexit providing up to date links and information.


Venture can provide regulatory compliant labels for your products

Whatever the regulatory requirements for your particular products both domestically and in international markets we can produce clear high-quality labels that ensure you are fully compliant.

Contact us today to find out more about how clear labelling can help your business continue to take advantage of lucrative opportunities within the European Union.

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