Authorised Rep Compliance provide UK and EU (formerly EC) Authorized Representative Services for trading and selling goods in both Europe and the United Kingdom (UK).
If you manufacture products and goods to be imported into the UK or Europe then those products must have a representative to communicate with market surveillance authorities.
With more than 25 years experience working with EU and UK product legislation, our expert service will provide you with the representation authorities and customers expect.
Our sister company Product Compliance Support Ltd can help with any aspect of Product legislation if required.
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We can help you with product compliance. Here’s how:
Please contact us for advice and support, we are ready to help.
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The requirement for non-EU products to be represented to the authorities by someone in the EU has been around since the EU single market was launched in the 1990s. Initially, the rules were very unclear and it took a long time for them to be clarified enough for most manufacturers to realise the need.
A major change occurred on On the 1st January 2021 when the UK left the EU single market. Anyone in GB or the EU placing goods from the other side of The Channel on the market could no longer be a distributor. Instead they needed an importer established in the market on which the goods are being placed.
In recent years the legislators have made efforts to strengthen and extend the requirement for authorised representation to more products and supply chains in order to help consumer protection authorities deal with unsafe products.
In particular the market surveillance Regulation EU 2019/1010 tightens the rules in the EU for imported products to help the authorities trace, question and cooperate with overseas manufacturers when dealing with dangerous products.
We can help you meet these new rules and in particular provide you with:
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions.
Below you will find questions relating to Brexit and the requirement to have an Economic Operator in the EU or UK and also legislation known as Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, regulating market surveillance and compliance of products.
Why do products need an Authorised Representative?
An Authorised Representative is required to help the market surveillance authorities such as consumer protection and health and safety authorities trace, question and cooperate with overseas manufacturers when dealing with dangerous imported products.
What does ‘market surveillance mean?
Market surveillance means the enforcement of legislation on products and services by authorities to ensure safety, public security, consumer and environmental protection, and fairness of competition.
When do CE marked products need an Authorised representative?
All CE-marked products imported into the EU must be represented. The first person to handle them after they have crossed the EU border is regarded as the ‘importer’ and should normally represent them. If this is not practicable or they are sold directly to the end user (e.g. online) then the manufacturer must appoint an Authorised Representative.
When do products without a CE mark need an Authorised representative?
Imported products that are not covered by CE legislation are known as ‘General Products.’ If they have an importer, distributor or other manufacturer’s Authroruised Representative in the EU, then that person must represent them.
If they are supplied from outside the EU directly to an EU end user, e.g. online, then they don’t need representation.
Why did BREXIT mean more products need an Authorised Representative?
Before BREXIT, The EU and UK were both in the EU single market and customs area, known as the European Economic Area (EEA.) Manufacturers established in the EEA, including the UK, could represent their products all over the EEA. Only non-EEA manufacturers needed an Authorised Representative.
In 2021, Britain left the EU and EEA and formed the UK internal market. Goods crossing the channel became “imported goods” UK manufacturers were no longer established in the EEA and UK product legislation changed to require representation in the UK. EEA and GB manufacturers without a registered company across the channel needed to find one to represent their products.
What is Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, on market surveillance and compliance of products?
It is an amendment of the EU single market rules (the New Legislative Framework) to strengthen market surveillance, particularly of imported and online products. The main change for suppliers of products is that all imported, CE-marked products must be represented by an Authorised representative or other ‘economic operator’ in the EEA.
Other changes concern the market surveillance and customs authorities and include:
Can my importer or distributor represent my products?
Yes, as long as they can fulfil the ‘obligations of an importer.’ They are then regarded as an importer rather than a distributor.
Distributors can only sell products represented by the manufacturer or Authorised Representative. They only need to check information supplied with the products such as markings of the identification of the manufacturer, product type and CE/UKCA marking (if required) and adequate instructions in the correct language.
What are the Obligations my Distributor must take on if they have to become my importer?
The New Legislative Framework (NLF) contains the principles of CE marking and now UKCA marking including the “obligations an importer”
Since 1st January 2021 economic operators in both the EEA and UK have been required to provide this representation to EU and UK authorities
Authorised Rep Compliance can take on these extra importer obligations as your Authorised Representative in Europe so your distributors do not need to.
What products are affected by (EU) 2019/1020?
EU 2019/1020 mostly affects CE-marked products that are purchased online from outside the EU or otherwise imported into the EU without an EU importer or distributor.
Are an EU importer’s or Authorised Representative’s details required to appear on the Declaration of Conformity (D of C)?
No, although the details of the importer or Authorised Representative can be included on the declaration, it is not a requirement. They must be displayed on the product itself if possible. They can only be on the packaging or an accompanying document instead if the product cannot be marked.
The Declaration of Conformity is produced by the manufacturer as a statement that the product meets the essential requirements of the relevant legislation and standards. This is to allow market surveillance authorities to contact that person if there is a problem with the product.
I am a UK (or other non-EU) manufacturer of products which fall under the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). I have EU distributors. Do I need an EU Authorised Representative?
If your EU distributors and retailers are prepared to take on the obligations of the producer then the answer is no. These obligations include checking the safety of the product, marking their name and address on it and dealing with consumer protection authorities. If they cannot take on these obligations or you do not want to use them as your importer then you must appoint an AR.
I am an EU (or other non-UK) manufacturer of products which fall under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR). I have UK distributors. Do I need a UK Authorised Representative?
If your UK distributors and retailers are prepared to take on the obligations of the producer then the answer is no. These obligations include checking the safety of the product, marking their name and address on it and dealing with consumer protection authorities. If they cannot take on these obligations or you do not want to use them as your importer then you must appoint an AR.
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This is completely acceptable under EU and UK legislation; we can help to process the required paperwork and we may be able to reduce our set up cost considering any pre-qualification and/or audit work completed by your current provider.
If you are looking to change Authorised Representatives then please contact us to discuss your situation.
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