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BREXIT BADGE TO REPLACE CE MARK

Once the Brexit transition period expires at the end of this year, the familiar CE standards compliance labels for motorcycling personal protective equipment — riding apparel including boots, gloves and helmets — will potentially disappear from our shores.

All newly manufactured products distributed and sold in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 January 2021 will statutorily require UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) stamps of approval instead.

This doesn’t apply to Northern Ireland, which has been demoted to status as a semi-detached adjunct of neighbouring Eire, an EU member state. There, foreign CE markings will still be necessary, alongside the bold new British UKCA badge.

But nothing has really changed yet. The European PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 has been translated into UK law, hook, line and sinker, to become the UK PPE Regulations. And the same accreditation companies, such as SATRA, will be approved bodies assessing the efficacy of products on exactly the same basis, both in little Britain and throughout the great big European Union.

Of course, the UK is now thoroughly entitled to change its PPE regulatory framework without reference to anybody else post-transition, whenever it takes the fancy. UK prime minister Boris Johnson frequently expresses his admiration for “whack-a-mole” testing principles, for instance.  

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