The UK Conformity Assessed marking is a new UK product marking that has been introduced as of January 1st 2021, for goods being placed on the UK market (England, Scotland & Wales)- it will cover most goods which previously required the CE marking. Yesterday the Government announced changes to make it simpler for British businesses to apply for the new UKCA mark for products on the UK market. The UKCA mark is mandatory on specific products & implies that goods comply to domestic safety legislation.
Businesses will now have until January 1st 2023 to start using the new label.
The new measures will:
- Reduce re-testing costs.
- Wipe out the need for the relabelling of products by allowing existing goods imported before January 2023 to be thought of as being already placed on the GB market.
- Make clear that imported spare parts, which repair or replace goods already on the UK market, will meet the same requirements as the existing goods themselves.
- Allow UKCA marketing & other important details to be added as a means of or accompanying paperwork until December 31st
Manufactures of particular products such as radiators, sealants & tile adhesives- products that are tested by an EU notified body before January 1st 2023 will also be able to retrieve a UKCA mark without having to re-test through a UK-approved body.
For more information regarding using the UKCA marking click here.
For Northern Ireland goods, if you have already placed goods on the EU, EEA or UK market, before January 2021, you don’t need to do anything. The goods can remain in circulation until they reach their end user. For more information on staying compliant with regulations on manufactured goods placed on the Northern Ireland market click here.