On Christmas Eve 2020, negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union concluded and a deal on future trade arrangements was agreed. 

The UK Office for Product Safety Standards made the preparations necessary for the effective functioning of the product safety and metrology system at the end of the Transition Period.

To help ensure business understand what is expected of them, including on issues such as the use of the UKCA marking, OPSS produced a range of guidance and advice, all of which is available at:



This now includes a ‘What's Changed?’ summary guide to key changes regarding the specific product safety and metrology legislation amended by The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

This guidance provides a clear indication of what rules and regulations you will be required to comply with, now that the Transition Period has come to an end.


For Aerosols: 

The UKCA marking is the new compliance
mark. The reversed epsilon (3) will be
recognised until 31 December 2021. The switch
to the UKCA marking is therefore initially
voluntary but will become compulsory from 1
January 2022. Until 31 December 2022, the
UKCA marking may be affixed to a label or a
document accompanying the dispenser. This
UKCA marking only applies to products to be
placed on the GB market.



Note: To be notified when new material is published on the OPSS pages of GOV.UK, you can sign up for OPSS email alerts via this link:- half way down, under ‘Latest from OPSS’, there is a ‘get email alerts’ button to click on.

As ever, if you have any queries or if there is anything you wish to raise, please do get in touch with the OPSS at OPSS.enquiries@beis.gov.uk



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