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Changes in the EU Single Market framework due to BREXIT

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union on 1 February 2020.

The Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the Union and the United Kingdom entered into force on that date, securing the United Kingdom’s orderly departure. The United Kingdom is henceforth a third country. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, Union law continues to apply to and in the United Kingdom for a ‘transition period’ lasting until 31 December 2020.

As of 1 January 2021, the Union and the United Kingdom will be two separate regulatory and legal spaces. To prepare for the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom, the EU Commission is issuing sector-specific notices for readiness.

With regard to the impact on the Product Safety Act, it is worth considering the comments made in the Communication "Getting ready for changes - Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom". It describes in detail the regulations for the certificates and authorisations of products, establishment requirements, labelling and marking as well as the trade in services after the transition period has expired.

The Communication is available via the following link, which also provides sector-specific notices for readiness, e.g. for the industrial products sector.

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