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Manufacture and supply of new work equipment

Changes due to Brexit

Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.

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All new work equipment must by design, construction and supply comply with one or more legal requirements when first placed on the market or put into service, to ensure that they can be used safely and without harm.

For most new products these requirements originate in EU Directives which set out common minimum European requirements for health and safety, including CE marking. This section of the website describes the key common provisions of the main European Directives, concerned with the design, manufacture and supply of new products, particularly machinery, including:

  • designing and building for safety
  • assessing product conformity
  • demonstrating product compliance
  • providing users with relevant information

and provides a summary of the UK law implementing these European Directives.

Updated: 2015-10-16