Get Ready for the UKCA Mark
The new UKCA mark replaces the CE mark for products sold in Great Britain.
It came into effect in January 2021, at the end of the Brexit transition. However, a grace period means that you can still use the CE mark until January 2022. After that point goods sold in Great Britain must show the UKCA mark.
We are now over half way through that grace period. If you have not already made plans to move over to the new mark, you should do so as soon as possible.
The rules are still very similar to the rules for the CE mark and this includes self-declaration of conformity. Goods being sold into an EU market will still require the CE mark.
Who Needs to Use the UKCA Mark?
There is a list of questions you should ask yourself about your product to see if it should bear the UKCA mark.
- Is your product sold in Great Britain?
- Is your product covered by legislation requiring it to bear the UKCA mark (or previously the CE mark)
- Does it require conformity assessment by a third party?
- Is that conformity assessment carried out by a UK conformity assessment body?
Do I have to re-mark all my products?
The UKCA mark does not need to be applied retrospectively to existing stock or products before January 2021. For now, you will be able to affix the UKCA mark to a label affixed to the product. Alternatively if can be on accompanying documentation. However, from January 1st 2022, the mark must be permanently affixed, in much the same way as you currently display the CE mark.
What if I sell into the UK and EU markets?
In the case of products sold both in the UK and the EU, you can show both markings on the same product..
Just to make it more exciting, any products that require a mandatory 3rd party assessment, must also carry the UK(NI) mark if it will be sold within Northern Ireland. But this marking must not be displayed on goods that are also being sold into an EU market.
It’s always wise to keep records, and in this case you are legally required to keep records for up to 10 years that show your products meet the regulatory requirements of the UKCA mark.
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