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Supplying new machinery

A short guide to the law and your responsibilities when supplying new machinery for use at work

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This guidance is currently being updated in line with changes relating to EU exit. We will provide further information as soon as possible.

If you have already placed an individual product on the GB market before 1 January 2021, you do not need to do anything new. These individual goods can continue to circulate on either market until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that take effect from 1 January 2021.

You can find separate guidance for placing goods on the market in Northern Ireland from 1 Jan 2021.

Please note that the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (as amended in 2011), and more recently in 2019 by the Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, continue in force unchanged even though the UK has left the EU.

There is more information on what these Regulations apply to and their requirements on GOV.UK.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 contains general requirements for the manufacture and supply of safe workplace machinery, including second-hand machinery.

Other product safety legislation may also apply in addition to the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and can be found through the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

Updated: 2021-03-22