Brexit & The Low Voltage Directive

Assuming there is no extension to Article 50, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union (EU) and the Customs Union on 29 March 2019, possibly followed by a two-year transition period up until 31 December 2020.

In June 2018 the UK Government passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, which ends the primacy of EU law in the UK on the date of the UK’s final withdrawal from the EU. It will transpose existing EU legislation into UK law in one go, after which the Government will decide over a period of time which parts to keep, change or remove.

It is therefore anticipated that, for the time being, there will be no changes to the CE marking requirements for all electrical/electronic equipment placed on the UK market, as currently required under the Low Voltage Directive (LVD).

Exports of electrical/electronic equipment from the UK to the EU will, of course, still need to continue to comply with the requirements of the LVD (and all other relevant directives), as is presently the case.

Since the CE mark is a self-declaration mark, manufacturers can either self-declare or demonstrate compliance with the relevant safety standards by obtaining third-party Test Reports from an accredited test house, such as Nemko Ltd.

In addition, ‘EU Attestations of Conformity’ (based on Nemko Ltd Test Reports) are available from Nemko offices within the EU/EEA.


For further information or a quotation, please contact Edward Rose:

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