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Welcome to Standards & Technical Regulations

Common regulatory requirements for products across Europe mean that goods can be traded freely. The Department works to negotiate technical regulations at European level and implement them into UK law. Products that comply carry the familiar CE marking, and cover a vast range of items from common household electrical goods to heavy industrial machinery. We offer a comprehensive range of guidance material on the EU Directives and corresponding UK Regulations.

We work to build a standards and conformity assessment infrastructure which meets the needs of UK industry, through a range of policy activities and through our relations on behalf of Government with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). We are also responsible for consumer safety policy in matters relating to the safety of domestic gas and electrical appliances. Together with BSI and the CBI we worked to develop a National Standardisation Strategic Framework (NSSF).

Economic operators with products that are used by consumers (whether intended for them or not) should take account of the General Product Safety Regulations which entered into force on 1 October 2005. These Regulations will apply to most products used by Consumers and introduce a number of additional requirements and obligations on all in the supply chain over and above those in the New Approach directives.

General Product Safety Regulations - Guidance for businesses, consumers & enforcement authorities has been produced by our Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate.

Please send any comments on our Standards and Technical Regulations pages to enquiries.strd@gtnet.gov.uk