BPMA Observes Department of Business and Trade’s Extension of CE Marking Recognition

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has taken note of the announcement by Minister Hollinrake regarding the extension of CE marking recognition in the UK market. This significant development, following the Department of Business and Trade's August 2023 declaration of continued recognition for certain product regulations, prompts reflection and analysis from the BPMA on its implications for the pump sector.
BPMA Observes Department of Business and Trade’s Extension of CE Marking Recognition

Wayne Rose (Image source: BPMA)

Minister Hollinrake's announcement confirms the extension of CE recognition for three key regulations:

• Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products 2010 Regulations (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
• The Explosives Regulations 2014 (Department for Work and Pensions - Health and Safety Executive)
• The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (RoHS) 2012 (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)

Regarding RoHS, a nuanced approach is outlined as follows:

• Products meeting the maximum concentration values as per Annex II to the EU RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) will continue to be recognised under current EU regulations and CE marking.
• Products relying on exemptions will also retain recognition under current EU regulations and CE marking, provided there is a corresponding exemption under the UK Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012.

The announcement also introduces notable adjustments:

• Permanent labelling flexibility allowing importers to indelibly supply their details on accompanying documents, packaging, or adhesive labels.
• Introduction of digital labelling options, enabling manufacturers to incorporate the UKCA marking, manufacturer details, importer details, and declaration of conformity via methods such as QR codes attached to products.
• Implementation of a 'Fast track UKCA' process, permitting manufacturers to use the UKCA marking to demonstrate compliance in Great Britain with either UKCA or EU product requirements.

Reflecting on these developments, Wayne Rose, CEO of the BPMA, remarked: The extension of CE marking recognition and the introduction of new labelling options demonstrate a commitment to facilitating trade and ensuring compliance. However, it's essential for regulatory bodies to provide clear guidance and support to industries navigating these changes to maintain standards and promote innovation.

As the pump industry adapts to evolving regulatory frameworks, the BPMA remains dedicated to advocating for its members' interests and collaborating with policymakers to foster a conducive environment for growth and sustainability.

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