Extension to the New UKCA Marking System

16 Nov, 2021

Businesses have been given an extension on the adoption of the new UK Conforming Assessed (UKCA) marking system following Brexit. Find out more here…

What is UKCA Marking

UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is the new UK system that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), and covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. This mark is used to certify that a wide range of products meet safety standards. 

UKCA came into effect following the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021. However, to allow for time to adjust, businesses could continue to use the CE marking in most cases until 1 January 2022. Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, this has now been extended by a further 12 months to 1 January 2023. After this date, it will no longer be legal for businesses to follow the CE marking route to place goods on the markets in Great Britain.

However, certain exceptions apply, particularly if you’re based in Norther Ireland.  It is also worth noting that the UKCA marking is not recognised on the EU market and those products will therefore still need the CE marking. We would therefore recommend seeking guidance as soon as possible. 

Your Next Steps…

You shouldn’t delay the transition process to UKCA, and we recommend that you allow for plenty of time to manage this change and seek advice if required. 

The Government are hosting lots of webinars on using the UKCA marking and placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain. You can get a list of dates and signup via their website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/webinars-for-using-the-ukca-marking-and-placing-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

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