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. Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA) but not of the EU itself, also agreed to this regulation. 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.
This guide explains how mutual recognition works in practice, provides information on how to find the UK's technical rules for specific products, and introduces the corresponding services in other EEA member states.