Guidance

For Members

Differences between the Spirit Drinks Requirements for the British market and the European Union / Northern Ireland market

Differences between the Spirit Drinks Requirements for the British market and the European Union / Northern Ireland market

The new EU Spirits Drinks Regulation 2019/787 as amended by EU 2021/ 1465 replaces Regulation 110/2008 in the European Union (EU) and Northern Ireland (NI). The old Regulations remains applicable for products placed on the Great Britain (GB) market, with the exception of the new rules for geographical indications, which came into force in May 2019 and remains applicable within GB.

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UKNI Mark: Step by step guide

UKNI Mark: Step by step guide

This guide tells you how to use the new UKNI marking in Northern Ireland. There is a separate guide for placing goods on the market in Great Britain where the UKCA marking must be used.

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UKCA MARK: Step by step guide

UKCA MARK: Step by step guide

This guide tells you how to use the new UKCA marking in Great Britain step-by-step. There is a separate guide for placing goods on the market in Northern Ireland where the UKNI marking may be used alongside the CE marking.

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Using the UKNI marking

Using the UKNI marking

What businesses need to know The UK has left the EU. As a result, there are changes to how businesses place manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland.

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Using the UKCA marking

Using the UKCA marking

The UK has left the EU. As a result, there are changes to how businesses place manufactured goods on the market. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking regime is a new product marking used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking and, like the CE mark, demonstrates that all the requirements of the legislation have been met.

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Misleading labelling is Hard to Swallow

Misleading labelling is Hard to Swallow

Drinks retailers need to recognise their obligations to describe products correctly, advises The Gin Guild, as it continues its campaign to challenge “deliberately misleading” labelling of drinks which are wrongly called gin....

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Guidance on Labelling Gin Liqueurs and Spirit Drinks

Guidance on Labelling Gin Liqueurs and Spirit Drinks

As part of the ‘Primary Authority’ partnership with The Gin Guild Limited, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards have assessed the labelling requirements for labelling of Gin Liqueurs and Spirit Drinks, and have provided the following appropriate guidelines, issued as Primary Authority Advice that is Assured, as to labelling of Gin Liqueurs and Spirit Drinks.

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Gin Navigator – Gin, production and designated categories. An outline ‘need to know’ guide for producers and retailers.

Gin Navigator – Gin, production and designated categories. An outline ‘need to know’ guide for producers and retailers.

Gin has been around for hundreds of years. Most know that it is a spirit flavoured with botanicals and that the key botanical is juniper.

Having a long and varied history however meant that, when it came to preparing regulations to cover the category (as was the case with many other spirit categories being regulated across the EU at the same time), the provisions had to reflect and cover (and standardise), the production and key requirements in place at that time.

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Staying on top of Intellectual Property

Staying on top of Intellectual Property

Ciara Cullen, a Partner at international law firm RPC (and a previous Ginposium speaker), and colleagues have issued a helpful reminder and update on intellectual property issues. Whether you are just starting out or launching a new product, there are a wealth of...

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Gin Guild trade enforcement, a proven role

Gin Guild trade enforcement, a proven role

The Gin Guild, working with the support of our retained Solicitors Birketts LLP, who were instructed and on standby to issue civil legal proceedings, took swift action this month to secure withdrawal of The Pentone Family Ltd’s so called Red Storm Gin and Ocean Storm...

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Playing with fire – Safe handling of gin

Playing with fire – Safe handling of gin

The excitement and interest in gin is a cause for celebration. An explosion in brands is one thing, but with the increased numbers of new and often comparatively inexperienced distillers and also ‘gin-schools’ (particularly those using micro pot stills, some with open...

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