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Understanding the new Brexit rules and regulations

With Brexit in effect, all products will now need to comply with the new UK standard. Jamie Lynch, Product Compliance and Data Manager at Bristan Group, explains what the new regulatory changes will mean for bathroom manufacturers and sellers.

What is the current law?
The current EU law states that certain kitchen and bathroom products need an EU CE safety marking, which falls under the Construction Products Regulation. This marking shows that the manufacturer has checked these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements.

How has the law changed?
The UK is now required to have its own safety standard. As of 1st January 2021, the UKCA mark is mandatory across the relevant goods and monitored by UK-recognised approved bodies where required.

It’s not compulsory to have this new marking immediately; the EU CE mark will remain viable until 1st January 2022.

During this transitional period, it will be the manufacturer’s responsibility to affix the new UKCA marking to the relevant products using a UK-recognised approved body.

The Bristan Group’s Brexit Plan
The Bristan Group has been working hard to prepare for Brexit and are ready to adapt to the new regulatory changes. We have identified all the products across our three brands, Heritage, Bristan and Cascade, that require the UKCA marking and are currently working with our suppliers and the relevant bodies to begin rolling out the new marking across our products.

Our customers can have complete confidence that the Bristan Group is working in line with the Brexit rules and regulations.

In addition, our dedicated Demand Planning Team are focused on delivering good stock levels and investing in airfreight to keep life flowing for our customers.

If you’d like more information on how Brexit will affect the bathroom industry, get in touch with one of Bristan Group’s specification managers who will be happy to help.

This guest blog was provided by Bristan Group

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