Ecodesign of energy-using products: the UK market versus the Northern Ireland market is also published on Product Compliance Manager on July 18, 2022
What is it about?
There are some differences in the rules for Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) on the one hand and Northern Ireland on the other. These have existed since 1 January 2021. The latest update is a publication dated 14 July 2022. Below is a summary of the differences.
Many energy-related products have to comply with specific laws regarding their energy consumption. This is mainly to reduce the impact on the environment through increased efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
All products that fall within the scope must:
- have supporting technical documentation (often called a technical file) to show that they comply with the regulations
- Have a declaration of conformity
- have the appropriate conformity markings for the UK and/or NI markets, as applicable.
In Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 (as amended) is the underlying legislation. However, there are differences in the way the Directive is applied in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
What is covered by the regulations?
The Regulations cover the following energy-related products:
- air conditioners and comfort fans
- Air heating and cooling
- Circulation pumps
- domestic ovens
- electric motors
- electronic monitors
- external power supplies
- lighting products
- refrigerated storage cabinets
- cooling appliances
- set-top boxes
- Solid fuel boilers
- space heaters
- stand-by and off mode
- transformers (guidelines for the reduction of regulations on power transformers)
- tumble driers
- Washing machines and washer-dryers
- boilers and water tanks
- water pumps
- welding equipment
(Products within the scope may also be subject to the Energy Information Regulations).
How to comply
A Declaration of Conformity must be completed, supported by technical documentation to demonstrate conformity. All documentation must be kept available for inspection for a period of at least 10 years from the date the product was last manufactured. It must also be made available to OPSS within 10 working days upon request. OPSS is explained further in this article.
Manufacturers must also declare conformity with all relevant legislation by affixing
- the UKCA mark, in the case of a product placed on the market in GB; and/or
- the CE mark, in the case of a product placed on the market in NI
Some products will also be subject to regulations requiring mandatory third party conformity assessment.
- confirm that manufacturers have complied with the regulations for a product they place on the market in GB and/or NI
- retain a copy of the Declaration of Conformity
- ensure that the technical documentation is available to OPSS on request for 10 years from the date on which the last product was placed on the market
If an importer places a product on the GB or NI market under his own name or trademark, he must comply with all the manufacturer’s obligations.
From 1 January 2021 some distributors will become importers and should know their obligations if their status has changed. You become an importer if:
- you are the first to bring goods from outside the UK and market them in the UK. Read more about how this change may affect you.
- you are the first person to bring goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain or another non-EU country and place them on the Northern Ireland market. Read guidance on how this change may affect you.
If a company changes a product in a way that may affect the conformity of that product, it must comply with all the manufacturer’s obligations.
The role of the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)
The OPSS is the designated market surveillance authority for the Ecodesign Regulations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Links and Downloads
Where to find more information for Great Britain?
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 (as applicable in GB)
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (as applicable in GB)
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (as applicable in GB)
- Energy Information Regulations 2011 (as applicable in GB)
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Lighting Products) Regulations 2021 (as applicable in GB)
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information Regulations 2021 (as applicable in GB)
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (as applicable in GB)
- Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain
- Read further information on conformity assessment and the appropriate markings.
- Read the latest information on UKCA and CE marking
- Read further information on placing goods on the GB market.
Where to find more information for Northern Ireland?
- Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 (as applicable in NI)
- Energy Information Regulations 2011 (as applicable in NI)
- EU Directive 2009/125/EC establishes a Framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (as applicable in NI)
- Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland
Other, related articles that may be of your interest:
- UK General Product Safety Regulations 2005
- Product Safety and Noncompliance Notification Guidance for Business
- PAS 7100:2022 on Supporting better product recalls.
- Product Safety and Noncompliance Notification Form
- EU Product Safety Business Alert Gateway system
- Product Safety Alerts, Reports, and Recalls site
- OECD Global Recall Portal
- EU Toys Safety Directive explained
- Making sure of complete European compliance, including the UK
Ecodesign of energy-using products: the UK market versus the Northern Ireland market, the latest update is from July 18, 2022