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Smoke, carbon monoxide and combustible gas alarms

Amazon’s policies require that certain fire and safety products sold through Amazon meet specified certification standards. This material is for informational purposes and you should not take it as a substitute for legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel for any concerns about the laws and regulations concerning your product. This material only reflects the position at the date of writing and requirements across the EU and in the UK and may change – particularly in light of the developing position with Brexit. You should refer to current UK Brexit guidance about your products (see below) to learn more about changes that may affect you following the end of the transition period.

l. EU Requirements

To sell these products on Amazon, apply by submitting the following information to eu-life-safety-equipment@amazon.co.uk:

  • Your company name
  • Your vendor or seller ID
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • A list of ASINs you are applying to sell
  • The country or countries where you would like to sell your product
  • Clear product image that displays the model number, CE marking, and brand name
  • EC Declaration of Conformity (or Declaration of Performance) issued by the manufacturer to show compliance to regulations. Depending on the device’s features, these regulations should include, but may not be limited to:
    • Construction Products Regulation 305/2011 (except plug-in devices)
    • LVD Directive 2014/35/EU, with reference to EN 60950-1:2006 or EN 62368-1:2014 (for plug-in devices)
    • RED Directive 2014/53/EU (for wireless smoke detectors)
    • BS 1363 – if item comes with a plug (UK only)
  • Documentation from a notified body that shows your product is certified under the applicable EN standard:
    • EN 14604 for smoke alarms
    • EN 50291 for carbon monoxide alarms
    • EN 50294 for combustible gas alarms
    • All applicable standards for multifunction devices
  • An image of the UK plug, for plug in alarms, if it is being provided to the UK marketplace
  • An image of the product manual in each language in which it is available

You can find a list of NRTLs who might be able to help you with product certification on the Europe Compliance Solutions page.

Note: By applying to sell these products, you certify that all materials that you submit are true, authentic, and accurate. Amazon may remove your selling privileges for failing to meet these requirements.

ll. UK Requirements

Products first made available in the UK or EU on or before December 31, 2020 should comply with the EU requirements set out above. Products that are first made available in the EU or UK on or before 31, December 2020 can continue to circulate until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that take effect from January 1, 2021. You can retain evidence of when products were first made available in the UK or EU by keeping documents including contracts of sale, invoices and documents concerning the shipping of goods for distribution.

After the end of the Brexit transition period the in UK, different rules apply to goods you sell in: (1) Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) (“GB”); and (2) Northern Ireland (“NI”).

For products first made available in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) after December 31, 2020, apply by submitting the following information to eu-life-safety-equipment@amazon.co.uk

  • Your company name
  • Your vendor or seller ID
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • A list of ASINs you are applying to sell
  • Clear product image that displays the model number, UKCA marking, and brand name
  • UK Declaration of Conformity issued by the manufacturer to show compliance to UK Legislation. Depending on the device’s features, these regulations should include, but may not be limited to:
    • Construction Products Regulation 2013 (except plug-in devices)
    • Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulation 2016 (for plug-in devices)
    • Radio Equipment Regulations (for wireless smoke detectors)
    • BS 1363 – if item comes with a plug
  • Documentation from a notified body that shows your product is certified under the applicable EN standard:
    • EN 14604 for smoke alarms
    • EN 50291 for carbon monoxide alarms
    • EN 50294 for combustible gas alarms
    • All applicable standards for multifunction devices
  • An image of the UK plug, for plug in alarms
  • An image of the product manual in each language in which it is available

Note: The UK Government has passed legislation which provides that for certain products CE marking will be accepted in GB until January 1, 2022, and that additional means of affixing the UKCA mark will be accepted until January 1, 2023. See the “BREXIT: UK Government Guidance” section below for more details on the new requirements and transitional measures.

Northern Ireland

Please note that different rules will apply in NI from January 1, 2021 as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In particular:

  • You should ensure that products meet EU requirements and that you use the CE mark. To sell products in NI please submit the information set out in the EU requirements section above.
  • You are an importer if you are established in the EU or NI and you sell products from a country outside of the EU and Northern Ireland (including from GB) into NI. Products sold in NI should be marked with details of any EU / NI based importer.
  • Authorised representatives can be based in NI or the EU. From July 16, 2021, new rules come into force under EU Regulation 2019/1020 and some businesses may need to appoint a responsible person in the EU or NI to carry out compliance functions (if there is other entity in the supply chain who is able to carry out the functions). Further guidance on the new rules will be made available by the UK Government.
  • If you are using a UK body to carry out mandatory third-party conformity assessment, you will need to apply a UKNI marking as well as a CE mark to products placed in NI from January 1, 2021. Goods with the CE and UKNI marking can’t be sold in the EU. You do not need to use the UKNI marking if you self-certify compliance or use an EU body to carry out a mandatory third-party assessment.
  • “Qualifying Northern Ireland goods” will be able to be sold in GB with the CE mark. The UK Government is issuing guidance on how this will work.

You can find a list of NRTLs who might be able to help you with product certification on the Europe Compliance Solutions page.

Note: By applying to sell these products you certify that all materials you submit are true, authentic and accurate. Amazon may remove your selling privileges for failing to meet these requirements.

BREXIT: UK Government Guidance

The UK Government has released guidance on selling products in GB and NI. This guidance provides information for manufacturers, importers and distributors regarding compliance requirements from January 1, 2021, including on:

  • whether you need to change your conformity assessment;
  • when and how to use the UKCA mark;
  • requirements for technical documentation and a specific Declaration of Conformity for product sold in GB;
  • appointing an authorised representative or responsible person in the UK;
  • whether your legal responsibilities will change as a result of Brexit;
  • whether you need to provide GB importer information, and methods for doing this (including transitional arrangements until the end of 2022);
  • how to deal with existing stock;
  • what documentary evidence is required to show that products have been placed in the UK or EU before the end of the Transition Period;;and
  • specific rules for selling products in NI.
We encourage you to review this guidance (linked below), alongside any other specific UK Government Guidance that applies to your product. You should consult your legal counsel if you have questions about how the laws and regulations apply to your products from January 1, 2021.

The Brexit guidance referred to above can be found here:

GB

NI

Images and definitions of smoke, carbon monoxide, and combustible gas alarms

Smoke alarms: Smoke alarms issue a local audible or visual alarm to notify the presence of smoke as an indicator of fire. These products are typically found in homes.

Carbon monoxide alarms: Carbon monoxide alarms are intended to raise a local audible alarm before dangerous levels of carbon monoxide accumulate. Carbon monoxide alarms are intended to detect the presence of carbon monoxide from sources such as, but not limited to, exhaust from internal-combustion engines, abnormal operation of fuel-fired appliances, and fireplaces.

Combustible gas alarms: Combustible gas alarm are intended to raise a local audible alarm when detecting dangerous level of different sorts of combustible gases, natural gas (methane), bottled gas (propane), LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas), and coal gas.

Smoke detectors (in accordance with standard EN 54): Smoke detectors issue a signal to a fire alarm control panel, as part of a larger fire safety system, to notify the presence of smoke as an indicator of fire. These products are typically found in commercial environments. As these products are intended for professional use, should not be sold on Amazon.

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