Product safety law

Product safety regulations


All consumer products are covered by the General Safety Products Regulations (GSPR). However, many types of product are covered by specific safety laws. Where there is crossover, specific laws normally take precedence.  

The following categories are subject to regulations that enforce EU directives:

CE marking

A CE mark is a manufacturer's claim that its product meets specified essential safety requirements set out in relevant European directives. CE marking is mandatory for many types of products, such as electronics, toys and machinery. See products that need CE marking.

See our guide on CE Marking.

Important: If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a withdrawal deal, the requirements for placing certain products on the UK and EU markets will change. The new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark will replace CE marking for certain products being sold in the UK and the EU will no longer recognise CE marking certification issued by UK-based assessment bodies.

Read the latest UK government guidance on using the CE marking and the new UKCA marking after Brexit.