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.
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:
- are destined for a non-EU country
- will transit through the EU
- are not entered into EU transit procedures (and will be released for free circulation in the EU)
This guidance is subject to Parliamentary process and agreement with the devolved administrations.