Are you a designer or manufacturer of equipment for use at work
Changes due to Brexit
Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.
Here you will find information about the roles and responsibilities of product designers, manufacturers, and those acting as their authorised representatives.
What you must do
If you design or make products, even for use in your own workplace, then they must meet minimum European requirements for safety and health when first placed on the market or put into service. The responsibility for ensuring that all equipment for use at work is designed and constructed to be safe rests with the product manufacturer or their authorised representative (also known as the 'responsible person').
These European requirements must also be met if you:
- import equipment which is not new but 'new to the European market' (eg second-hand equipment imported from outside Europe)
- refurbish equipment to such an extent that additional significant risks are created (eg manual machinery provided with new features like computer control)
What you should know
There are a group of UK product safety regulations concerning the design and construction of most new work equipment. These implement relevant European Directives and apply at the point products are first placed on the market or put into service. These regulations primarily require work equipment to be designed, manufactured and supplied / put in service to such a standard - and with all the parts and information necessary - to enable health and safety in their use. Relevant standards may be used to support this process.
CE marking of the product is the final part of the overall package of conformity assessment measures that the manufacturer or their authorised representative must take.
These measures include:
- designing and constructing the product to meet relevant essential requirements
- assembling evidence in a technical file to show how the product meets those essential requirements
- in some cases, submitting a sample for third party examination by a notified body
- certifying the product's compliance with a Declaration of Conformity document
- affixing the CE mark