Authorised Rep Compliance provide UK and European (EU / EC) Authorized Represenative 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 you are required to appoint an Authorised Represenative to serve as a single point of contact.
With more than 25 years experience working with European product regulations we can provide expert advice for CE Marking, and following Brexit and the UK’s withdrawal from the European single market advice for UKCA Marking, helping to ensure your products meet both EU and UK import regulations.
Our prices start from as little as £600 for contract set up and the first year’s representation.
Our pricing structure considers four elements;
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.
On the 1st January 2021 anyone in GB or the EU placing goods from the other side of The Channel on the market changed from being a distributor to an importer of goods from a third country with new obligations.
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 and question overseas manufacturers.
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 and also legislation known as Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, concerned with regulating market surveillance and compliance of products.
Why do I need an Authorised Representative?
Due to Brexit and the withdrawal of the UK from the single market, the EC has produced a notice to stakeholders in which it states:
“As from the withdrawal date, a manufacturer or importer established in the United Kingdom will no longer be considered as an economic operator established in the Union. As a consequence, an economic operator established in the EU-27 who, prior to the withdrawal date, was considered as an EU distributor will become an importer for the purposes of Union product legislation in relation to products from a third country that this economic operator places on the EU-27 market as from the withdrawal date. This operator will have to comply with the specific obligations relevant to an importer, which are different from those of a distributor.”
The manufacturer may not wish their distributor to become their importer or their distributor may not or cannot take on the importer obligations. In this scenario the manufacturer will need to appoint another Authorised Representative established in the EU to carry out the importer obligations.
What are the Obligations my Distributor must take on if they have to become my importer?
The obligations an importer, seen below, are from The New Legislative Framework (NLF) which contains the principles of CE marking and now UKCA marking. From 1st January 2021 you must find someone to take on these obligations whether that is your distributor or an Authorised Representative.
This poses a problem for manufacturers who have many distributors throughout Europe or who do not wish to pass on technical information to their distributors.
Authorised Rep Compliance can take on these extra importer obligations as your Authorised Representative in Europe so your distributors do not need to.
Do an EU importer’s or Authorised Representative’s details need to appear on the Declaration of Conformity (D of C)?
No, the Declaration of Conformity is produced by the manufacturer as a statement that the product meets the essential requirements of the relevant Directive(s) and the appropriate harmonised standards. The details of the importer or Authorised Representative, as the person or entity placing the product onto the market must be displayed on the product to allow, for example, market surveillance or regulatory authorities to contact that person.
I am a UK (or other non-EU) manufacturer of products which fall under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR). I have EU distributors. Do I need an 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 Directive (GPSD). I have UK distributors. Do I need an 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.
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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