We have all got used to the fact that if a product bears the CE mark, that it is safe. The reason for this assumption is that goods with CE marking demonstrate that they meet relevant and strict EU standards. This marking brings benefit to all in the supply chain and most notably, the consumer.
IBVTA have joined forces with many leading trade associations, including techUK, to argue the case for retaining CE marking by outlining its benefits and how it helps to ensure smooth trade across Europe.
With Brexit taking place in March 2019, there is a race against time to determine the future UK-EU relationship. All sectors are impacted and have to deal with an uncertain regulatory landscape. Moving away from CE marking will create a scenario whereby products take longer to manufacture, cost more and still need to comply with CE marking anyway if they want to be sold into Europe. With Brexit on the horizon, the UK Government should be doing all it can to ensure that barriers are not created for UK companies wishing to trade internationally. Indeed, CE marking has benefited the UK immensely by protecting consumers, upping the game of manufacturers, increasing competitiveness and allowing for the free trade of goods.