The free movement of goods and services is a fundamental principle of the European Union (EU), which has benefited businesses and consumers by opening markets and stimulating trade between member states.
The Mutual Recognition Regulation (EC 764/2008), in force since May 2009, strengthens the operation of free trade in goods in the EU. It requires that all member states provide free information on their national technical rules and sets out a standard procedure for enforcing those rules.
The Regulation simplifies market entry for businesses as they are able to market and sell their goods in any or all of the 31 countries that make up the EEA based on recognition of their products in any member state.
Important: The UK has left the EU on 31 January 2020 and has entered a transition period. This period will run until the end of 2020. The UK has signed MRAs that replicate the effect of existing EU arrangements. These are expected to take effect at the end of the transition period. The withdrawal agreement allows for the EU’s arrangements to continue to apply to the UK during the transition period.
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This guide explains the principle of mutual recognition and Mutual Recognition Regulation in other EU member states.