Since 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union and has become a ‘third country’. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period ending on 31 December 2020. Until that date, EU law in its entirety applies to and in the United Kingdom. What will this mean for manufacturers from third countries and importers who want to sell their products in the EU? In attached document the EU is giving some enlightenment, although still some unclarity still exists because the trade treaty between the EU and the UK still has to find its final shape. Here a summary of what to expect:
- The UK will be seen as a third country.
- UK manufacturers who want to sell products in EU countries must appoint a Responsible Person within the EU. EU importers, who import products from the UK become the RP or have to mandate a Responsible Person.
- Responsible Persons located in the UK may transfer existing notifications in the CPNP (Cosmetic Products Notification Portal) to an EU Responsible Person. This should be accompanied by the Product Information File.
- The safety assessment must have been carried out by a safety assessor who, on the date of placing on the market, fulfils the requirements of Article 10(2) of Regulation No 1223/2009, which means he holds the necessary qualifications from an EU Member State.
Existing and individually identifiable goods lawfully placed on the market in the EU or the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period may be further made available on the market of the EU or of the United Kingdom and circulate between these two markets until it reaches its end-user.
Interested in the details? Read this EU document or call Lafirgo.