New Approach directives and producer responsibility—key features [Archived]
New Approach directives and producer responsibility—key features [Archived]

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • New Approach directives and producer responsibility—key features [Archived]
  • Brexit impact
  • What are the New Approach directives?
  • The new legislative framework (NLF)
  • The blue guide
  • Essential requirements and conformity assessment
  • Placing on the market
  • Who is responsible?
  • The manufacturer
  • Authorised representative
  • More...

New Approach directives and producer responsibility—key features [Archived]

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Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

What are the New Approach directives?

The New Approach was developed in the mid 1980s and a Council resolution in 1985 set down key principles on the New Approach, in order to streamline product approvals and facilitate the free movement of goods and the single EU market.

The previous approach to directives included a great degree of technical detail in the directives, which often ended up acting as a barrier to trade, as the Commission wasn’t able to finalise these technical directives as quickly as Member States were introducing their own standards and regulations.

The New Approach directives leave much of the technical specifications out of the directives and instead focus on essential requirements that have to be met.

Key elements to the

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