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> Written by Ian Clarke - ian@nodigmedia.co.uk


Itmay be that, having passed into January 2021,many readers of this piece think that the ‘B’word can nowbe resigned to history (for those that have forgotten it during the pandemic of 2020 and its continuation that ‘B’word is BREXIT), think again!Whilst the Withdrawal Agreementwith the EU has tried tomaintainwherever possible consistency across standards etc.,with EU standards requirements being brought into UK law, there are areas thatwill need addressing.


For example, according to various reports on the changes that are coming to fruition, in the EU, there are essential requirements related to health, safety and environmental issues that


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are covered by a set of EU directives. Each directive applies to a particular product/risk type such Radio Equipment, theMedical Devices, the LowVoltagemachinery and otherswhich typically require products to be CEmarked to indicate compliance.Where no specific directive applies, itemsmust comply with the General Product Safety Directive.


Whilst these directives have largely been implemented into UK lawby corresponding UK regulations, the UK regulatory requirements applicable from1 January 2020 will substantively continue tomatch existing EU regulations until either the EU or the UK chooses to change regulations.


| February 2021 | www.draintraderltd.com


Where there appears to be a significant shift thatwill apply over time is for example the use of the CEmark. The UK has introduced its own product safetymark known as the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed)mark. Over about a year to January 1, 2022, the UKCAmarkwill need to be introduced on products for the Great Britainmarket (i.e. England,Wales and Scotland) to indicate their compliancewith the applicable UK requirements.


Thiswill, it is assumed, include items such as remote control systemswhich utilise radio signals, Cable Avoidance Tools and Signal generators, GPR systems for similar reasons and any other itemused in the drainage


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