Published on September 15th, 2017 | by The GC Team0
Keeping CE marking is essential, say manufacturers
techUK has joined 15 other business groups today to call on the UK Government to commit to keeping the CE mark as it prepares to leave the EU.
CE marking, or the Declaration of Conformity, has played a key role in ensuring goods flow freely across Europe and shows that goods meet safety, quality and environmental laws.
The call has been set out in a paper published today – CE marking: Good for Business and Consumers – in which 16 trade associations covering a wide variety of manufacturers of tech products, toys, homeware and industrial machines outline the enabling and positive role CE marking has played in the economy and society in Europe and beyond.
CE marking is required for a large range of products and removes barriers from them being sold across Europe and a wider area without needing to be adapted or inspected at the border. It has kept the cost of goods down and is trusted by businesses, manufacturers, the authorities and consumers.
Today’s paper warns that a worst-case scenario would see a UK-only marketing scheme or kite mark introduced. Businesses fear that this will stymie exports by introducing unnecessary additional costs and delay time to market.
Paul Hide, techUK’s Director of Market Engagement, said: “Keeping CE marking shows businesses that the UK is serious about avoiding a cliff-edge and not creating barriers for trade as we prepare to leave the EU.
“Without CE marking, products would cost more and take longer to come out. UK manufacturers will need to comply with it anyway if they want to export. CE marking is followed by a large number of non-EU countries and we should confirm plans to retain it immediately.”