Authorised Rep Compliance provide EU, EC, European and UK Authorized Represenative Services for Europe and the United Kingdom.
We have many years of experience working with CE Marking and helping manufacturers to meet product compliance regulations and since Brexit we have now extended this to help manufacturers meet the new UKCA regulations.
If you are looking for an EU rep or UK Authorized Representative to represent your products in Europe or the UK then Authorised Rep Compliance can provide a fast, efficient and extremely competitive service.
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.
Ensure the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer.
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 new 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.”
It does not have to be the distributor who takes on these obligations but you must have the name and address of an economic operator, who has taken on the extra obligations, marked on your product, its packaging or an accompanying document.
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.
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