The deadline requiring all businesses in the UK to apply UKCA certification to their products has recently been extended by 2 years with the government continuing to recognise CE-compliant products acr0ss the UK until the end of December 2024.
The labelling requirements for products sold across the UK have also been eased until the end of 2027 with legislation enabling the UKCA marking to be placed on a label affixed to the product (rather than affixed to the product itself) or on a document accompanying the product until 31 December of that same year.
The UKCA mark itself is a new conformity mark introduced as part of the UK’s own product regulatory framework following withdrawal from the European Union. It is intended to replace the CE marking and reversed epsilon marking and demonstrate product compliance for the GB market.
The extended deadline for UKCA certification, without further changes, provides 3 key updates.
- Continued recognition of CE marking and reverse epsilon marking until 31 December 2024.
- Continuing to allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking, and include importer information for products from the EAA on accompanying documentation or labels, until 31 December 2027.
- Reductions to re-testing costs for UKCA certification by allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking undertaken by 31 December 2024 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for the UKCA marking, until the expiry of the certificate or until 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner.
The UKCA mark, the new compliance mark, was introduced as part of the UK’s own product regulatory framework following its withdrawal from the European Union. It is intended to replace CE mark and reversed epsilon marking of the EU and demonstrate product compliance for the GB market.
The good news is that any product that currently holds EU/CE certification can be used as a basis for applying UKCA markings until 31 December 2027 (or earlier if the original certification is due to expire or requires significant revision).
Whilst the UKCA mark replaces CE marking for the UK, it will not be recognised outside of Great Britain. Any products sold in the EU will still require CE marking with the current European certification still accepted in Northern Ireland under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol alongside the UKNI marking.
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