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2019 No. 1246

Exiting The European Union

Consumer Protection

Electromagnetic Compatibility

Environmental Protection

Health And Safety

Market Standards

Accreditation Of Services

Telecommunications

Weights And Measures

The Product Safety, Metrology and Mutual Recognition Agreement (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Approved by both Houses of Parliament

Made

at 11.50 a.m. on 9th September 2019

Laid before Parliament

at 3.00 p.m. on 9th September 2019

Coming into force in accordance with regulation 1

The Secretary of State has been designated for the purposes of making Regulations under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(1) in relation to the matters specified in the Schedule.

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 and section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018(2).

The Secretary of State is of the opinion that, by reason of urgency, it is necessary to make these Regulations without a draft of the instrument being laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament(3).

PART 1Introduction

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Product Safety, Metrology and Mutual Recognition Agreement (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

(2) Parts 1 and 2 come into force on the day after the day on which these Regulations are made.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), Part 3 comes into force immediately before exit day.

(4) Regulation 15 comes into force on exit day.

PART 2Amendments relating to EU obligations

Amendments to the Conformity Assessment (Mutual Recognition Agreements) Regulations 2019

2.—(1) The Conformity Assessment (Mutual Recognition Agreements) Regulations 2019(4) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 4(1) for “4 to 9, 11” substitute “4 to 11”.

(3) After regulation 5 insert—

Recognition of importers established in Switzerland

6.(1) For the purposes of the provisions set out in paragraph (2)—

(a)a person established in Switzerland who places a product from a country outside of Switzerland or the European Union on the market of Switzerland or the European Union, is to be treated as an EU importer;

(b)a product from Switzerland which is placed on the European Union market by an EU importer is to be treated as if it were a product from the European Union.

(2) The provisions referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)regulation 27 of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011(5);

(b)regulation 50 of the Explosives Regulations 2014(6);

(c)regulation 20 of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016(7);

(d)regulation 21 of the Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016(8);

(e)regulation 28 of the Lifts Regulations 2016(9);

(f)regulation 18 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016(10);

(g)regulation 23 of the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016(11);

(h)regulation 21 of the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016(12);

(i)regulation 18 of the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016(13);

(j)regulation 19 of the Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016(14);

(k)regulation 23 of the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017(15);

(l)regulation 16 of the Making Available on the Market and Supervision of Transfers of Explosives Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016(16);

(m)regulation 21 of the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017(17);

(n)Article 10(3) of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC(18);

(o)Article 9(3) of Regulation (EU) 2016/426 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on appliances burning gaseous fuels and repealing Directive 2009/142/EC(19).

(3) In this regulation—

(a)“EU importer” means a person established in the European Union who places a product from a country outside of the European Union on the market of the European Union;

(b)“place on the market” means the first supply of a product for distribution, consumption or use on the market in the course of a commercial activity whether in return for payment or free of charge..

Amendment to the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

3.  In the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, in regulation 23(3) for “pressure equipment” in the first place in which it appears, substitute “the pressure equipment or assembly”.

PART 3Amendments relating to retained EU law

Amendments to the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

4.  The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019(20) are amended in accordance with regulations 5 to 17.

Modifications to importers’ obligations to provide contact information

5.—(1) In the provisions set out in paragraph (2) after “EEA state” insert “or Switzerland”.

(2) The provisions referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)Schedule 15, paragraph 23, the inserted paragraph (2)(a)(iii);

(b)Schedule 16, paragraph 14(a), the inserted paragraph (1A);

(c)Schedule 20, paragraph 14(b), the inserted paragraph (1A)(a)(ii);

(d)Schedule 21, paragraph 15(b), the inserted paragraph (1A)(a)(ii);

(e)Schedule 22, paragraph 18(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(f)Schedule 23, paragraph 11(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(g)Schedule 24, paragraph 15(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(h)Schedule 25, paragraph 14(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(i)Schedule 26, paragraph 15(a), the inserted paragraph (2)(a)(ii);

(j)Schedule 27, paragraph 14(a), the inserted paragraph (2)(a)(ii);

(k)Schedule 29, paragraph 19(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(l)Schedule 31, paragraph 13(a), the inserted paragraph (1A);

(m)Schedule 32, paragraph 14(b), the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii);

(n)Schedule 35, paragraph 3(10)(b), the inserted sub-paragraph (a)(ii);

(o)Schedule 36, paragraph 2(10)(b), the inserted sub-paragraph (a)(ii).

6.—(1) In Schedule 15, in paragraph 23, in the inserted paragraph (2)(b), after “is set out” insert “on the toy’s packaging or”.

(2) In Schedule 20, in paragraph 14(b), in the inserted paragraph (1A)(b), after “in paragraph (1)” insert “on the packaging of the apparatus or”.

(3) In Schedule 24, in paragraph 15(b)—

(a)in the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(i), for “pressure equipment” substitute “the pressure equipment or assembly”;

(b)in the inserted paragraph (3)(a)(ii), after “pressure equipment” insert “or assembly”;

(c)in the inserted paragraph (3)(b)—

(i)after “pressure equipment” insert “or assembly” in both places in which it occurs;

(ii)after “in paragraph (1)” insert “on the packaging of the pressure equipment or assembly or”.

7.—(1) In Schedule 23, in paragraph 11(b), in the inserted paragraph (3)(b)(ii), for “safety component” substitute “electrical equipment”.

(2) In Schedule 29, in paragraph 19(b), in the inserted paragraph (3)(b)(ii), for “safety component” substitute “radio equipment”.

Amendments to Schedule 34

8.  In Schedule 34—

(a)in paragraph 3(h)—

(i)after the inserted point (v) insert—

(va)‘CMR’ means carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction;;

(ii)after the inserted point (y) insert—

(ya)‘historic animal testing data’ means data from any animal testing that was carried out before the date on which such testing was prohibited in accordance with Article 18 of the EU Regulation (pre-exit);;

(b)in paragraph 13, in the inserted Article 13(1)(f) for “carcinogenic” to “1B” substitute “CMR substances of category 1A or 1B”;

(c)in paragraph 15, in the inserted Article 15—

(i)for paragraph 1, substitute—

1.  A cosmetic product must not contain a substance classified as a CMR substance of category 1A, 1B or 2 under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, unless the substance is included in any of Annexes 3 to 6.;

(ii)for paragraph 2, substitute—

2.  Where a CMR substance of category 1A or 1B is permitted for use in cosmetic products, specific labelling in order to avoid misuse of the cosmetic product must be provided in accordance with Article 3 of this Regulation, taking into account possible risks linked to the presence of hazardous substances and the routes of exposure.;

(d)in paragraph 17, in the substituted Article 18—

(i)at the beginning of paragraph 1 insert “Except as provided in paragraph 1A,”;

(ii)after paragraph 1 insert—

1A.  Paragraph 1 does not prevent the use of historic animal testing data in order to meet the requirements of this Regulation.;

(e)in paragraph 27—

(i)in the inserted Article 30, for paragraphs 3 to 7 substitute—

3.  Where the conditions in paragraph 4 are met, the Secretary of State may by regulations amend Article 16(1) to extend the provisions of Article 16 to nanomaterials used as colourants, UV-filters or preservatives that are regulated under Article 14.

4.  The conditions referred to in paragraph 3 are that the Secretary of State considers that it is necessary to do so in view of—

(a)safety concerns raised by a competent authority; or

(b)scientific or technical evidence that there are safety concerns relating to colourants, UV filters or preservatives regulated under Article 14.

5.  The Secretary of State may amend Article 14(1)(c) to extend its scope to hair colouring products.;

(ii)in the inserted Article 31, at the end insert—

(f)Annex 2 to add a substance classified as a CMR substance of category 1A, 1B or 2 under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008;

(g)Annexes 3 to 6—

(i)to allow a substance classified as a CMR substance of category 2 under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to be used in cosmetic products where the Secretary of State considers that there is sufficient scientific evidence that the substance is safe for use in cosmetic products;

(ii)to allow a substance classified as a CMR substance of category 1A or 1B under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to be used in cosmetic products where the conditions in point (h) are met;

(iii)to make provision as to labelling in order to implement Article 15(2);

(h)the conditions referred to in point (g)(ii) are that—

(i)the CMR substance complies with the food safety requirements as defined in Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety;

(ii)an analysis of alternative substances has been undertaken and concluded that there are no suitable alternative substances available;

(iii)an application to the Secretary of State is made for a particular use of the product category with a known exposure;

(iv)the Secretary of State considers that there is sufficient scientific evidence that the CMR substance has been evaluated and found safe for use in cosmetic products; and

(v)the evaluation referred to in point (iv) took into account exposure to the product and overall exposure to the CMR substance from other sources, particularly for vulnerable population groups.

Amendments to Schedule 35

9.  In Schedule 35, in paragraph 1—

(a)in sub-paragraph (2)(a)—

(i)for “definitions” substitute “definition”;

(ii)omit the inserted definition of “the relevant period”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (3)—

(i)for paragraph (a) substitute—

(a)at the beginning of paragraph (4) insert “Subject to the modifications made in paragraph (4A),”;

(ii)for paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)after paragraph (4), insert—

(4A) The modifications referred to in paragraph (4) are as follows—

(a)any reference to “Community” is to be read as including the United Kingdom;

(b)any reference to “Member State” is to be read as including the United Kingdom;

(c)in Schedule 7—

(i)in paragraph 5—

(aa)omit from “The Commission” to “conducted”;

(bb)before “file shall be held” insert “manufacturer’s technical”;

(ii)in paragraph 6, omit from “An inspection body” to the end;

(d)in Schedule 10, in paragraph 2, omit from “with a view” to “the Commission.;

(iii)for paragraph (c) substitute—

(c)in paragraph (5), at the end, insert “of Regulation 2016/425 (pre-exit) or a declaration of conformity set out in paragraphs 7 or 8 of Annex IX”;;

(iv)omit paragraph (d);

(v)in paragraph (e) for “5A” substitute “5”;

(c)omit sub-paragraphs (8) and (9).

Miscellaneous amendments

10.  In Schedule 8—

(a)in paragraph 2(b)(i) after the inserted definition of “approved body” insert—

“authorised representative” means—

(a)

a person who—

(i)

immediately before exit day was established in the United Kingdom or an EEA state and was appointed by a manufacturer to perform specified tasks for that manufacturer; and

(ii)

on or after exit day continues to be so established and appointed by the manufacturer to perform those tasks; or

(b)

a person who on or after exit day is established in the United Kingdom and appointed by the manufacturer by written mandate to perform specified tasks for that manufacturer;;

(b)for paragraph 2(b)(v) substitute—

(v)in the definition of “responsible person”—

(aa)in sub-paragraph (b), omit “established in the European Union”;

(bb)for sub-paragraph (c) substitute—

(c)where the manufacturer is not established in the United Kingdom and does not have an authorised representative, the person placing the equipment on the market or putting it into service in the United Kingdom;;

(c)in the following provisions, for “for “European Union” substitute “United Kingdom””, substitute “omit “established in the European Union””—

(i)paragraph 18(b);

(ii)paragraph 21(a)(ii), (b)(i) and (c)(ii);

(iii)paragraph 22(a)(ii), (b)(i), (c)(ii), (e)(iii) and (f)(ii);

(iv)paragraph 23(a)(iii), (b)(i) and (e);

(v)paragraph 24(a)(iii) and (b)(ii);

(d)in paragraph 13(b) for “for “European Union” substitute “United Kingdom””, substitute “omit “established within the European Union””;

(e)in paragraph 19(a)(iv) for “for “European Union” substitute “United Kingdom””, substitute “omit “in the European Union””;

(f)after paragraph 21(a)(i) insert—

(ia)omit “established within the European Union”;;

(g)in paragraph 21(a)(ii) omit “in each place it occurs”;

(h)after paragraph 22(e)(iii) insert—

(iiia)omit “established within the European Union”;;

(i)after paragraph 22(f)(ii) insert—

(iia)omit “established within the European Union”;;

(j)for paragraph 24(e)(i) substitute—

(i)omit “established within the European Union”;.

11.  In Schedule 12—

(a)for paragraph 24(2)(d) substitute—

(d)in point 5—

(i)for “notified” substitute “approved”;

(ii)for “EC type-” substitute “Type-” in both places in which it occurs;;

(b)after paragraph 24(2)(d) insert—

(da)in point 6 for “notified” substitute “approved”;;

(c)after paragraph 29(3)(a) insert—

(aa)for “a notified” substitute “an approved”;;

(d)in paragraph 29(13)—

(i)omit “point 9.1 and in”;

(ii)for “point 9.3” substitute “points 9.1 and 9.3”;

(e)in paragraph 30—

(i)in paragraph (b)(iii) before “third” insert “second paragraph and the”;

(ii)in paragraph (b)(vii) for “and” substitute “in both places in which it occurs and in”;

(f)after paragraph 31(a) insert—

(aa)in point 3 for “notified” substitute “approved”;.

12.  In Schedule 16, in paragraph 33(b) after “paragraph 8” insert “and paragraph 9(b)”.

13.  In Schedule 21, after paragraph 29(a)(ii) insert—

(iii)for “notified” substitute “approved”;.

14.  In Schedule 24—

(a)after paragraph 7(c) insert—

(ca)in paragraph (1)(c), for “notified” substitute “approved”;;

(b)after paragraph 40(a) insert—

(aa)in paragraph (1)(b)—

(i)for “a notified” substitute “an approved”;

(ii)for “the notified” substitute “the approved”;;

(c)in paragraph 45—

(i)in sub-paragraph (b), at the end, omit “and”;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (c), omit “and (8)”;

(iii)at the end of sub-paragraph (c), insert—

(d)in paragraph 31(8) for “within the Union” substitute “in the United Kingdom”.

15.  In Schedule 27—

(a)for paragraph 39(d) substitute—

(d)omit paragraph (9);;

(b)for paragraph 39(e) substitute—

(e)omit paragraph (10)..

16.  In Schedule 28—

(a)after paragraph 35(b), insert—

(ba)in paragraph (4) for “notified” substitute “approved”;;

(b)in paragraph 64, at the end of paragraph 2 of the inserted Article 9A insert—

3.  Where during the pre-exit period the national body of the United Kingdom has assigned the unique code for a manufacturer, in accordance with Article 4 as it had effect immediately before exit day, that unique code is to be treated as if it were issued by the UK national body (or, if none is designated, the Secretary of State) in accordance with Article 4 as it has effect on and after exit day..

17.  In Schedule 33, in paragraph 11 in the inserted Article 10, for paragraph 1(a) substitute—

(a)ensure that it is evaluated in accordance with the requirements of this Article by a body which is approved by the Secretary of State;.

Amendment to the Conformity Assessment (Mutual Recognition Agreements) Regulations 2019

18.  In the Conformity Assessment (Mutual Recognition Agreements) Regulations 2019, omit regulation 6.

Kelly Tolhurst

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

At 11.50 a.m. on 9th September 2019

Preamble

SCHEDULEMatters in relation to which the Secretary of State has been designated

1.  Measures for safety as respects electrical equipment(21).

2.  The regulation of specifications, construction, placing on the market and use of articles, instruments, containers or other equipment intended for weighing, measuring or testing or for purposes ancillary thereto, including, in particular—

(a)approval of patterns and the verification of conformity with the patterns or other requirements;

(b)authentication and proof of such approval or verification or of exemption from the need for approval or verification;

(c)supervision and enforcement of compliance with requirements(22).

3.  Measures relating to safety as regards simple pressure vessels(23).

4.  Measures relating to apparatus which is liable to cause electromagnetic disturbance and to apparatus the performance of which is liable to be affected by such disturbance(24).

5.  Measures relating to safety as regards personal protective equipment(25).

6.  Measures relating to safety as regards appliances burning gaseous fuels(26).

7.  Measures relating to the placing on the market, transfer and safety of explosives for civil use(27).

8.  Measures relating to consumer protection(28).

9.  Measures relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres(29).

10.  Measures relating to lifts and the safety components for use in lifts(30).

11.  Measures relating to pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment(31).

12.  Measures relating to wireless telegraphy including radio equipment(32).

13.  Matters in respect of noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors(33).

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations include amendments relating to exit from the European Union and amendments that do not result from exit. They amend the Conformity Assessment (Mutual Recognition Agreements) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/392) (“the Mutual Recognition Agreements Regulations”), which implement mutual recognition agreements between the European Union and third countries, including Switzerland; the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016/1105), which transpose Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15th May 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment (recast) (OJ No L 189, 27.6.2014 p.164) (“the Directive”); and the Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/696) (“the 2019 EU Exit Regulations”), which make amendments to legislation in the field of product safety and metrology, arising out of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Part 2 of these Regulations implements various obligations in EU law. Regulation 2 contains two amendments to the Mutual Recognition Agreements Regulations which implement specific provisions of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on mutual recognition in relation to conformity assessment (OJ No L 114, 30.4.2002, p. 369). The effect of the first amendment is to extend recognition of authorised representatives (persons appointed by a manufacturer to perform specified tasks) established in Switzerland to those appointed in relation to noise emissions from equipment used outdoors. The second amendment implements provisions relating to recognition of importers established in Switzerland. Regulation 3 makes a correction to the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 to ensure they better give effect to the Directive.

Part 3 of these Regulations amends the 2019 EU Exit Regulations and the Mutual Recognition Agreements Regulations and is made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular as described in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) and (g) of section 8(2) and paragraph (a) of section 8(3) of that Act) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Regulations 5, 6 and 7 relate to the obligation for importers to provide their contact information in certain product safety and metrology legislation. Regulation 5 modifies that obligation across a range of product safety and metrology legislation so that importers, who must be based in the United Kingdom following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, may for a limited time provide their details on a document accompanying the product, rather than on the product itself, where they import products from Switzerland. Regulations 6 and 7 make a small number of clarifications to the wording of that obligation in the 2019 EU Exit Regulations. Regulation 8 makes changes to provisions relating to cosmetics to ensure those provisions function effectively from exit day. Regulation 9 makes changes to provisions relating to personal protective equipment to ensure that certain savings provisions operate logically. Regulations 10 to 17 amend provisions relating to equipment for use outdoors, machinery, civil explosives, simple pressure vessels, pressure equipment, measuring instruments, recreational craft, and accreditation respectively, and are made to ensure such provisions function effectively from exit day.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no, or no significant, impact on the private, voluntary or public sector is foreseen.

(1)

1972 c. 68; section 2(2) was amended by section 27(1) of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c.51) and by Part 1 of the Schedule to the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c.7). It is prospectively repealed by section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16), with effect from exit day (see section 20 of that Act).

(3)

Paragraph 38(2) of Schedule 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 allows for regulations under that Act to be combined with regulations, made under other enabling provisions, which are subject to the negative resolution procedure in Parliament.

(5)

S.I. 2011/1881, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(6)

S.I. 2014/1638, amended by S.I. 2016/315. There are other amending instruments but none is relevant.

(7)

S.I. 2016/1091, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(8)

S.I. 2016/1092, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(9)

S.I. 2016/1093, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(10)

S.I. 2016/1101, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(11)

S.I. 2016/1105, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(15)

S.I. 2017/1206, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(18)

OJ No L 81, 31.3.2016 p. 51.

(19)

OJ No L 81, 31.3.2016 p. 99.

(21)

S.I. 1972/1811, superseded in relation to measures relating to consumer protection by S.I. 1993/2661, there are other amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(23)

S.I. 1989/1327, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(24)

S.I. 1989/2393, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(25)

S.I. 1990/1304, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(26)

S.I. 1991/755, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(27)

S.I. 1993/2661, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(28)

S.I. 1993/2661, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(29)

S.I. 1995/751, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(31)

S.I. 1998/2793, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(32)

S.I. 1999/2788, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(33)

S.I. 2000/3238, to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

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