Statutory guidance

Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018

Guidance for businesses on Regulation 2016/425 and the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018.



This guidance will assist your understanding of the regulations and includes obligations for manufacturers, their authorised representatives, importers and distributors.

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 were revoked on 21 April 2018 but continue to apply to relevant products placed on the market before 21 April 2019.

Published 1 January 2021
Last updated 7 November 2023 + show all updates
  1. Minor changes to the NI guide to reflect the Government’s announcement on 1 August to extend recognition indefinitely of CE marking in certain product sectors for placing goods on the GB market.

  2. List of UK approved bodies updated in GB guide.

  3. Guides updated with minor amendments and references to the Windsor Framework.

  4. Guide footnotes updated to reference the Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022.

  5. GB guide updated to reflect the further extension of the transition period for UKCA marking.

  6. GB guide updated to take account of the Government’s announcement on 20 June of changes to make it simpler for businesses to apply the new UKCA marking.

  7. Guides amended to clarify what actions businesses must take if non-compliance with the regulations is found.

  8. GB and NI guides converted to HTML format for accessibility reasons.

  9. Lists of Approved and Notified Bodies updated.

  10. Guides updated to clarify product labelling requirements, reflect the extension of the transition period for UKCA marking, and refer to EU Market Surveillance Regulation 2019/1020, now in force in Northern Ireland. Guides also modified in the light of the end of the temporary disapplication of obligations on economic operators to ensure full conformity assessment of COVID-19 related PPE.

  11. Version 4 of the GB guidance and version 4 of the NI guidance published, amended to reflect the end of the conformity assessment easing in relation to the placing on the GB market of COVID-19 related PPE.

  12. Guidance updated to reflect the Personal Protective Equipment (Temporary Arrangements) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 coming into force on Monday 1 February 2021.

  13. First published.