Is UK really sharpening its teeth for CE Marking Enforcement?

Is the UK really sharpening its teeth regarding CE Marking Enforcement? asks Steve Hayes, EMC & Safety Managing Director, TRaC

The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently started a consultation on how it will implement the New Legislative Framework into UK law.

One of the aims of this directive is to change the law such that enforcement action can be taken against those who do not comply with the rules. In principle, this is a great step forward, however, it will be completely wasted if no additional resource is put into enforcing the regulations.

Resources are currently undefined but it is unlikely that any government budget will be increased in the months ahead.

A monetary fine of £5,000 will be levied for those ‘economic operators’ who do not comply.

The issue though is that a £5,000 fine is not going to act as a deterrent; breaching the Data Protection Act, as an example, can now incur a fine of up to £500,000.  So with benchmarks like this, the UK needs to sharpen its teeth and raise the penalties sufficiently, to make sure that non-compliance is taken seriously by industry.

 

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