Hops and hops products marketing standards from 1 January 2021

Marketing standards for hops producers, manufacturers, retailers and distributors from 1 January 2021.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

Hops produced in Great Britain

Certification centres will still issue hops certificates for hops produced in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from 1 January 2021.

GB hops certification centres must remove all EU branding (including references to the EU and the EU emblem) from certificates from 1 January 2021. The form of the certificate and the process for getting a certificate will not change.

The certification centre number will not change but it should be pre-fixed with ‘GB’ instead of ‘UK’. You must update certificates and official stamps.

Wording on official stamps should include:

  • certified product - Regulation (EC) No 1850/2006
  • certifying officer signature
  • GB hops certificate centre number

Importing hops to the UK

Hops imported into GB from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 must be accompanied by one of the following documents:

  • EU Attestation of Equivalence issued by an authorised agency listed in Annex I of EC Regulation 1295/2008
  • EU certificate from EU member states only, issued by an approved certification centre

All imports from a third country will require a GB Attestation of Equivalence from 1 July 2021.

The process for GB Attestation of Equivalence requirements and listing will be published on GOV.UK in early 2021.

Importing hops from the EU to Northern Ireland

There will be no change to the marketing standards requirements for importing hops from the EU to Northern Ireland (NI) .

Moving hops from NI to GB

There is no change to the requirements for moving hops from NI to GB.

Exporting hops from the UK to the EU

The UK is no longer a member of the EU and from 1 January 2021 will be classed as a third country.

Exporting hops from GB to the EU

You’ll need to comply with EU third country import requirements to export hops and hop products from GB to the EU from 1 January 2021. To do this you’ll need to apply for an EU Attestation of Equivalence from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The UK government has applied to the EU to list the RPA as the UK agency authorised to issue EU Attestations of Equivalence.

Moving hops from GB to NI

Goods moving from GB into NI will also be required to meet the import requirements applied by EU marketing standards regulations.

Exporting hops from NI to the EU

There will be no change to the marketing standards requirements for exporting hops from NI to the EU.

How to apply for an EU Attestation of Equivalence

You must enrol with the RPA before you can apply for an EU Attestation of Equivalence.

Further information on applying for an EU Attestation of Equivalence will be published once the RPA is listed as an agency authorised to issue Attestations of Equivalence.

Labelling rules

If you export hops and hops products to the EU from 1 January 2021, you must include the following information on each unit of packaging:

  • description of the product
  • variety or varieties
  • country of origin
  • marks and numbers indicated in section 9 of the Attestation of Equivalence or the extract

Exporting hops to non-EU countries

There will be no changes to the process of exporting hops from the UK directly to non-EU countries.

You should check the individual requirements of the country that you are exporting to.

Exporting hops to non-EU countries via the EU

You should check the import requirements of the country you’re exporting hops to.

Hops consignments will need an Attestation of Equivalence and to comply with requirements requested by the country if they:

This guidance is subject to Parliamentary process and agreement with the devolved administrations.

Published 15 March 2019
Last updated 27 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed section on importing and exporting hops during the transition period and updated information about moving hops and hop products between the UK and EU and non-EU countries.

  2. First published.