My other target for regulations which should be totally ripped up as they impose a massive burden on small businesses is the ridiculous system of Commodity Codes which have to be applied to all goods imported/exported for business purposes ... even when its just a one-off box of almost miscellaneous bits worth £50 which are potential parts of some prototype. The commodity codes are used to look up the level of import duties which apply. If you're a small business developing new industrial/consumer/medical equipment for people, it can easily take an hour or more looking up these wretched codes for every item you send - with the ever-present threat that the items will get delayed in customs (and delay the project) if you've not classified it correctly.
But these go into absurd levels of detail for some items, and very general for others.
For example, there's a special classification for
"Coil choke with:
- an inductance of 4,7 μH (± 20 %),
- a DC resistance of not more than 0,1 Ohms,
- an insulation resistance of 100 MOhms or more at 500 V (DC) for use in the manufacture of LCD and LED module power boards"
I kid you not: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/commodities/8504509540
Solenoid coil with
- a power consumption of not more than 6 W,
- an insulation resistance of more than 100 M ohms, and
- an insert hole of 11,4 mm or more, but not more than 11,8 mm
Opto-electronic circuit comprising one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs), whether or not equipped with an integrated driving circuit, and one photodiode with amplifier circuit, whether or not with an integrated logic gate arrays circuit or one or more light-emitting diodes and at least 2 photodiodes with an amplifier circuit, whether or not with an integrated logic gate arrays circuit or other integrated circuits, contained in a housing"
It's total insanity!