Guidance

UK product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021

Detailed guides for businesses on specific product safety and metrology regulations from 1 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.

These guides provide information on the product safety and metrology regulations governing these sectors, as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc) EU Exit Regulations 2019, and by the Product Safety, Metrology and Mutual Recognition Agreements (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. They set out how the government intends product safety and metrology to apply in these sectors from 1 January 2021. Watch this space for further amendments and confirmation of when these new arrangements take effect.

General product safety law

General Product Safety Regulations 2005 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 352KB, 8 pages)

ATEX

Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 450KB, 11 pages)

Cosmetics

Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 1.12MB, 38 pages)

Electrical and electronic

Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 441KB, 10 pages)

Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 466KB, 11 pages)

Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 491KB, 11 pages)

Fireworks

Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 633KB, 16 pages)

Gas appliances

Gas Appliances (Enforcement) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2018 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 485KB, 13 pages)

Lifts

Lifts Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 489KB, 12 pages)

Machinery

Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 506KB, 13 pages)

Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors Regulations 2001 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 940KB, 22 pages)

Metrology (weights and measures)

Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 489KB, 13 pages)

Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 478KB, 12 pages)

Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 886KB, 27 pages)

Personal protective equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 505KB, 12 pages)

Pressure equipment

Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 494KB, 13 pages)

Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 515KB, 12 pages)

Recreational craft

Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 487KB, 12 pages)

Toys

Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 from 1 January 2021 (PDF, 451KB, 11 pages)

Published 25 September 2019
Last updated 4 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Guide added for Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015.

  2. Guide added for Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.

  3. Guides added for Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016, Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 and Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.

  4. Guides added for Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors Regulations 2001, Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 and Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006.

  5. Guides added for Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018, Radio Equipment Regulations 2016, Recreational Craft Regulations 2017, Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016 and Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.

  6. First published.