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Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Synopsis

These regulations will amend the Energy Information Regulations 2011 and Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

The amending regulations establish UK ecodesign and energy labelling requirements while maintaining existing EU-derived standards and their enforcement. A UK conformity assessment regime for the ecodesign standards will apply.

 
 
 

Summary

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will amend the Energy Information Regulations 2011 and Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 on the date the UK leaves the EU (exit day).

The 2019 regulations will also amend a large number of EU Regulations that will be retained as UK legislation on exit day:

What will be updated?

The 2019 regulations establish UK ecodesign and energy labelling requirements, while maintaining existing EU-derived standards and their enforcement.

General amendments by the 2019 regulations update references and definitions to reflect that the UK will no longer be an EU Member State after exit day.

UK Conformity Requirements

The UK government will be able to set UK ecodesign and energy labelling requirements after exit day. This reflects a commitment in the Clean Growth Strategy to at least keep step with equivalent EU standards wherever possible and appropriate.

The 2019 regulations allow the introduction of a system of UK ‘designated standards’. Conformity with these standards will be accepted as demonstrating UK ecodesign requirements are met. This will replace the existing EU-wide ‘harmonised standards’ regime.

To place items on the UK market after exit day, they must be:

  • Marked with the UK conformity assessment (UKCA) mark; or
  • CE marked, demonstrating assessment by an EU notified body. It is intended CE marking will be only recognised temporarily, but no deadline for this has currently been set.

Space Heaters and Combination Heaters

Space and combination heaters must be conformity assessed by a third-party prior to placing them on the market.

Supply of Energy-related Products

Suppliers of energy-related products that require energy labelling will no longer be required to submit data to the EU’s online product database. However, these companies may still be required to provide this information to the UK market surveillance authority on request.

Background

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 require that certain energy-related products placed on the market meet mandatory ecodesign standards.

The Energy Information Regulations 2011 require that suppliers of energy-related products provide energy consumption information, including labels and technical documents, in accordance with the standards set by this legislation.

 

 

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