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The UK has left the EU and the new rules are here, including a new UK regulatory framework.

Not sure whether legislative changes affect your business? Confused about what you need to do? You may need to take action even if you don’t import or export goods. You need to take action now, to make sure you are ready to grow and adapt.

This page is aimed at businesses and contains specific information and updates on the EU transition from:

  • Trading Standards at Hertfordshire County Council.
  • Environmental Health at district/borough councils.

For areas not covered by Trading Standards and Environmental Health, you will find links to other sources of support at the bottom of this page. 

It is important all businesses visit www.gov.uk/transition and use the ‘checker tool’ to get a personalised list of actions for your business, and also sign up to alerts, updates and webinars. ​

Guidance

Product Safety

This guidance includes the new UK and NI safety mark, sector specific changes to industries such as cosmetics, chemicals and toys along with changes to weighed and measured (quantities of) goods.

Product safety guidance (15.01.2020)

Importing

This guidance includes Identification Marks and Health Certificates, importing products of animal origin (POAO), labelling and changes to suppliers' and distributors' responsibilities.

Importing guidance (15.01.2021)

Exporting

This guidance includes Identification Marks and Export Health Certificates, exporting products of animal origin (POAO), labelling and changes to suppliers and distributors’ responsibilities.

Exporting guidance (15.01.2021)

Food Businesses

This guidance includes changes for food businesses (even if you don’t export or import) regarding food-specific standards, including labelling changes.

Food and feed guidance (15.01.2021)

Animals and Pets

This guidance includes changes for importing and exporting live animals, as well as pet travel.

Animals and pets guidance (15.01.2021)

Other sources of support

Hertfordshire councils and business support organisations strongly encourage you to access their support. See how Hertfordshire organisations can help your business with the EU transition:

Hertfordshire Trading Standards is responsible for ensuring certain products placed on the market are safe and labelled correctly. This includes food and animal feed products and products that must meet specific standards, including safety marking. Hertfordshire Trading Standards is supporting local businesses by ensuring that they are kept up to date with legislative changes and can continue to place compliant products on the market.

Trading Standards Business Advice Line: 01707 281401
Trading Standards web pages

Environmental Health teams at your local council are responsible for the hygiene and safety of food, Identification Marks and Export Health Certificates. They are supporting local businesses by ensuring that they are kept up to date with legislative changes and can continue to import and export safe food from the EU. Economic Development teams at your local council may have additional services to support your business too.

Find your local council.

Hertfordshire Growth Hub's EU Transition Advisors can support businesses by:

  • Keeping you up-to-date with transition news and updates.
  • Providing guidance that is tailored specifically for your business sector.
  • Working with you to understand what exactly EU transition means for your business.
  • Helping you to access a host of fully funded support programmes delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub and its partners.

Visit www.hertsgrowthhub.com to view ‘News and Blogs’, and register or sign in to visit our Knowledge Bank articles.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

  • Visit the Chamber website for relevant articles and updates regarding the EU transition period.
  • Get in touch with the Export Team for support with the new Customs Declaration forms.