Reviewed in November 2020. Content will be updated as negotiations develop.

Labelling

Organic Production Logo

One area where there will be some changes following the transition period is in labelling organic food products. Any business wishing to register a food product as organic is required to register with an organic control body. Once registered with a control body a business can seek to label a product as Organic if at least 95 % of a product farmed ingredient are deemed to be Organic and your business sells direct to customers

During the transition period businesses in Northern Ireland will continue to be able to use the EU Organic Logo on pre-packaged organic food. However, from the 1st January 2021 Business in Northern Ireland will no longer be able to use the EU Organic Logo unless the control body is authorised by the EU or there is an agreement between the UK and the EU whereby they recognise each other’s standards.

The EU has agreements with many non-EU nations with regards to exporting organic food. Following the transition period, the UK will no longer be able to export organic food to these nations unless the UK renegotiates an agreement with these countries. Businesses in Northern Ireland who export Organic produce to non-EU countries should check with the relevant control bodies to determine if there will be any change in requirements post transition period.

For more information on trading and labelly organic food from 1 January 2021, click here.

For more information on organic standards following EU Exit, click here.


CE Marking

CE Marking signifies that a product meets all necessary European health, safety, and environmental protection requirements. During the transition period the UK will continue to use CE marking. However, after the transition period there will be a few changes. Following the transition period there will be a launch of the UKCA mark. This is a mark which will be placed on goods on the market in England, Scotland, and Wales. However, for products being sold in Northern Ireland the UKCA mark will not apply. This is because of the NI Protocol which states that Northern Ireland will continue to form part of the EU Single Market for Goods. As such any products being sold in Northern Ireland will continue to require the EU CE Marking.

For more information on using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021, click here.

Products produced in NI, sold in Ireland

Post transition period both Northern Ireland and Ireland will continue to form part of the EU Single Market for Goods and as such both countries will have to follow all EU rules on product labelling and product safety. As a result, the CE Mark remains valid for a product produced in Northern Ireland but sold in Ireland. There is no need to make any further adjustments to labelling for these goods.

Products produced in NI, sold in GB

Unlike NI the rest of the UK will no longer be part of the EU Single Market for Goods. Therefore, they will no longer be bound by EU standards with regards to product labelling. As a result, the CE Mark will only remain valid for products sold in GB until the end of 2021. From 1st January 2022 any products sold in GB will require the new UKCA Mark.

Some Tips for Labelling Products Sold in the EU…

When exporting products to another EU country in addition to CE Marking it is important to consider the following:

  • Ensure all labelling meets the requirements of the individual country you are exporting to. Whilst most rules apply EU wide some countries may have specific requirements for certain products.
  • Labelling should be the language of the country the product is sold in.
  • Adapt your packaging to suit the needs of customers in a specific country.
  • Ensure your product can cope with transport to reach to place of sale.

More information on Labelling requirements post transition period can be found here and labelling information on specific types of products in the EU can be found here.

Also…

EU Declaration of Conformity

The EU Declaration of Conformity is a legal requirement for manufacturers aiming to sell their products in the EU. By signing this document, a manufacturer is certifying that their products meet all EU standards. With Northern Ireland continuing to form part of the EU Single Market for Goods post transition period an EU Declaration of Conformity will be required for any products manufactured in Northern Ireland which are sold in Northern Ireland, Ireland or the rest of the EU.

For more information, click here.

Reach Regulations

Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations are EU regulations which are designed to protect human health from the risk posed by chemicals. Reach regulations apply to all chemical products from industrial products to home cleaning products, paints, and parts of furniture. As Northern Ireland continues to form part of the EU Single Market for Goods, any products being sold in Northern Ireland will need to comply with EU Reach Regulations. 

For more information on Reach Regulation at the end of the transition period, click here.

For more information on how to comply with Reach Chemical Regulations, click here.

Guidance from the Health and Safety Authority can be viewed here.