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Your Responsibilities as a Distributor/Retailers Own Brand

When a product is Retailers Own Brand they are responsible for ensuring that when their product is placed on the market for sale it is compliant with the relevant regulations that confirm that product is fit for purpose. This will include relevant BS or European standards, Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Water Byelaws and material requirements. The Construction Products Regulation adds responsibility to the importer or distributor carry the responsibility to make sure the manufacturer of the product has completed all that is required to be a complaint. The importers or distributors name and contact details must appear on the product, labelling or associated documents.

As a Retailer selling under your own brand, you must affix the CE marking to a product, it means that they assure the performance of the product being sold has been tested using the right European technical specification. The CE marking contains certain essential information about the product and must be accompanied by a Declaration of Performance that will be made available from the retailer if required.

Wholesome water fittings must be of appropriate quality or standard and be suitable for the circumstances they are to be used. Fittings or materials must conform to the appropriate standard regulations, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that the product meets these requirements It will also require the correct documentation and proof of testing by third party for proof of conformity.

Wholesome water fittings must be of appropriate quality or standard and be suitable for the circumstances they are to be used. Fittings or materials must conform to the appropriate standards and regulations, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that the product meets the functional requirements and Retailers reselling need to verify products meet these requirements. It will also require the correct documentation and proof of testing or third-party certification for water fittings for proof of conformity.

It is important to check with your supplier/distributor or merchant to provide you with the correct documentation. Retailers may be liable to Trading standards under legislation (see Regulations Section) who are the enforcement body for England, Wales and Scotland. The Environmental Health Authority covers Northern Ireland.

These authorities have been tasked with appropriate Market surveillance.

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association will be acting as a Primary Authority for the Bathroom Industry.

The ultimate enforcement authority across the UK is the Secretary of State.

If you sell a product that is non-complaint or allow a product that is non-compliant to be installed incorrectly you are breaking the law.

Failure to comply with any aspect of the Construction Products Regulation can lead to; enforcement of appropriate corrective actions to manufacturer or supplier, recall or withdrawal of the product from the market, Pan European communication of the above and fines start from £5,000 per-incident or up to 3 months imprisonment. Fines apply to the final reseller or manufacturer as appropriate in each case.

What does a ce mark mean to you?

A CE Mark is an assurance that a product which has been made or imported has been certified “fit for purpose.”