EU Transition: HE’s Malcolm Dare addresses Supply Chain
With changes on the horizon, Malcolm Dare of Highways England has reached out regarding product standards and conformity:
The end of the EU Transition period also marks the start of changes to the way that Highways England specifies products and the process by which manufacturers and importers to Great Britain mark their products for compliance with our standards. There is a transition period until 31st December 2021 but work needs to commence now to ensure compliance by the deadline.
Our product requirements as set out in the Specification for Highway Works (contained within Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works – MCHW) will be expressed in terms of the requirements of UK Designated Standards, which are replacing EU Harmonised Standards. Initially the actual requirements are identical to those in the EU harmonised standards, but we expect that this will change over time. Under the Construction Product Regulations, manufacturers / importers will need to get their products re-certified to the appropriate UK Designated Standard, produce a new declaration of performance and affix a UKCA Mark (UK Conformity Assessed). CE marks will not be accepted as a mark of product conformity by Highways England after 31st December 2021.
Many of the trade associations are publishing very useful specific guidance to help companies prepare for the future requirements.
During the year we will provide further relevant updates but please remember that your organisations are accountable for ensuring that products used on our contracts have achieved the relevant UKCA mark.
I hope that this helps,