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Rockfon product regulation compliance in relation to BREXIT

Information relating to product regulation compliance and trading with regard to BREXIT.

Following the latest guidance from the UK Government and the EU, ROCKWOOL Ltd trading as Rockfon can confirm that in the event of a ‘deal’ BREXIT or a ‘no deal’ BREXIT, all its CE-marked products can continue to be sold legally in the UK and throughout the EU, following the UK’s planned exit from the EU.

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If there is a ‘deal’ BREXIT from 31st October onwards (the date the UK proposes to exit the EU), during the implementation period the current process for CE marking will continue thereby ensuring that goods legitimately carrying the CE mark and placed on the UK market before 31st October can continue to circulate in the UK. Additionally, goods which are manufactured and assessed against EU harmonised standards and legitimately carry CE marking can be placed on the UK market.

Future arrangements would need to be confirmed in line with Government guidance. 

If there is a “no-deal” BREXIT, from 31st October onwards (the date the UK proposes to exit the EU), for the UK all existing European harmonised standards will become UK designated standards. This ensures that goods legitimately carrying the CE mark and placed on the UK market before 31st October can continue to circulate in the UK. Additionally, goods which are manufactured and assessed against EU harmonised standards and legitimately carry CE marking can be placed on the UK market.

ROCKWOOL trading as Rockfon, since the inception of CE marking of construction products, has worked with EU-recognised bodies as its certification partners. As a result, all Rockfon® products will retain the current CE marking and can continue to be sold legally both within the UK and throughout the EU.

Under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), CE marking is mandatory for all construction products covered by a Harmonised European Standard under EU law and UK law. This approach standardises the essential characteristics of ceiling / interior products, such as reaction to fire and sound absorption to allow accurate product comparisons to take place. It also requires that each product must have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and be affixed with a CE marking when it is placed on the market.

The Ministries for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MCHLG) published its guidance on the Construction Products Regulation on 24th January 2019 in the event of a “no deal” EU exit scenario. This guidance builds on the technical notice published in September 2018 and the draft legislation published in December 2018. Further details are available from www.gov.uk.

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