The government should make recognition of the EU’s CE mark permanent

Commenting on the government’s announcement that the UK will continue to recognise the European Union’s CE marking for a further two years, Matthew Lesh, Head of Public Policy at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“The continued recognition of the CE mark is an important step in the right direction. It will ensure that British consumers can keep accessing medical products, toys, USB chargers and millions of other CE-marked goods. 

“But today’s decision only delays the cliff edge of lost access and higher costs, rather than scrapping the plan. The government should go further by not only making the recognition permanent of the EU’s CE mark, but also extending the principle to other countries with equivalent standards such as the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore. This would provide Brits with greater choice and lower prices.”


Notes to editors

In February 2022, the IEA’s Changing the rules: A unilateral approach to non-tariff barriers report highlighted the issues posed by the end of CE mark recognition and suggested that the government continue to recognise EU standards.

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