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Regulating explosives when the transition period ends

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. 

Prepare for the end of transition: What you need to know

New rules from January 2021 will ensure the safe and secure management of civil explosives. Find out what you need to know to prepare and what you can do now.

CE marked goods on the UK market 

CE marked civil explosives goods can continue to be placed on the UK market until 1st January 2022. This includes civil explosive goods which have been assessed by any EU-recognised notified body.

Further guidance on placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 is available from GOV.UK.

The new UK mark

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is the new UK product mark for civil explosives and other goods. From 1st January 2021 UKCA marking will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the UK market.

You should be ready to use the UKCA mark instead of CE marking as soon as possible. From 1 January 2022 you must use the UKCA mark on civil explosive products.

Up until 31 December 2022 the UKCA mark can be placed directly on the product or on an accompanying document. From 1 January 2023 the UKCA mark must be placed directly on the product. You should start building this into your design process so you can meet this requirement in time.   

The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market.

Further guidance on using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021 is available on GOV.UK.

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Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from 1 Jan 2021

Find a summary of the what these changes mean for goods being placed on the market in Northern Ireland.

Find out what you need to do if you are placing manufactured goods on the NI market from 1 Jan 2021.

Using the UKNI marking from 1 January 2021

Find out if you will need to use the new UKNI marking and how to use it from 1 January 2021.

Placing civil explosives goods on the EU market

If you’ve already placed your goods on the market in an EU country (or in the UK) before 1st January 2021, you do not need to do anything new. 

From 1 January 2021 to place civil explosives goods onto the EU market a conformity assessment must be done by an EU-recognised ‘Notified Body’. The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market.

Further guidance on placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021 is available from GOV.UK.

Explosives notified bodies and conformity assessments

From 1st January 2021 UK-based ‘Notified Bodies’, who do not choose to continue to also meet EU requirements, will become UK Approved Bodies under UK legislation. UK Approved Bodies will not be able to apply a CE mark, (unless agreed as part of a future trade deal with the EU) but will instead apply the UKCA mark.

The Explosives Notified Body (ENB) continues to be the UK Approved Body appointed for the conformity assessment of civil explosives.

Further guidance on how conformity assessment bodies will be affected from 1 January 2021 is available on GOV.UK.

Transferring explosives from outside the UK into GB

From 1 January 2021, you may need to take extra steps for transferring civil explosives from outside the UK into GB via Europe.

For domestic-UK transfers of civil explosives, the Recipient Competent Authority document system will remain in place.”

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Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated 2020-12-03