Please note: The original blog of 21 March 2021 has been updated as of the 24th August 2021.
The UK Government has announced on the 24/08/2021 that the deadline for businesses to adopt the new 'UKCA' mark has been prolonged to the 1st January 2023.
The information throughout the blog has been updated based on this new guidance.
What is UKCA Marking?
The new UKCA mark (UK Conformity Assessed) ,where applicable, is mandatory for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (GB), Great Britain is Scotland, England and Wales, and will cover the vast majority of goods which previously required CE marking.
Goods being placed on the market in Northern Ireland will continue to align with the rules of the European Union (EU) and should be marked with either the CE mark or both the CE mark and UK(NI) mark.
What is the UK(NI) Mark?
The UK(NI) marking is a new conformity mark for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by an Assessment Body based in the UK. The UK(NI) marking is never applied on its own - it always accompanies an EU conformity marking, such as the CE marking.
It must be noted that goods labelled solely with the UKCA mark cannot be placed on the Northern Ireland market, however, for example, as the CE and CE & UK(NI) markings will be valid in Northern Ireland, products with these markings can be placed on the market in Great Britain (GB) if they are a qualifying Northern Ireland good.
Goods with only the UKCA mark or the combined CE and UK(NI) marking cannot be placed on the market in the EU, goods for the EU market must be marked CE.
When does the UKCA mark come into effect?
UKCA marking became a requirement as of 1st January 2021 but to support businesses adjusting to the new regulations CE marked goods can continue to be placed on the GB market until 1st January 2023.
When selling goods to EU markets from 1st January 2021 CE marking will remain mandatory.
1st January – 31st December 2021
UKCA marking, CE marking, and combined CE and UK(NI) marking are all acceptable for goods placed on the GB market.
1st January 2023
CE Marking will no longer be accepted for goods placed on the GB market.
When do I have to UKCA mark my product?
If the product you are selling on the market meets all of the following criteria, you must use the UKCA Mark from 1st January 2022 onwards:
This applies to products which currently are being CE marked.
There are certain products which require mandatory third-party conformity assessment and therefore require conformity assessment by a UKCAB, in order to be UKCA marked and placed on the GB market from 1st January 2023 onwards.
However, if the product you are selling on the market meets all of the following criteria, you must use the UKCA Mark before 1st January 2023:
There is an exception to the above criteria which applies to existing stock. If, for example, your product or goods have been fully manufactured and ready to place on the market before 1st January 2021, they can still be sold within Great Britain with a CE mark, even if covered by a certificate of conformity issued by a UK body.
How do I use the UKCA marking?
In the majority of situations the UKCA marking must be applied to the product itself or to the packaging. Sometimes it may be placed on other supporting materials or literature, such as manuals. However, this will be subject to the specific regulations that apply to the product.
As highlighted by the UK Government, the following rules apply in general terms:
Creating a UK Declaration of Conformity:
The UK Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a legal document which must be produced for the majority of products bearing the UCKA Marking.
This is the responsibility of the manufacturer of the product or alternatively an authorised representative. Having this responsibility means the UK DoC should:
The UK DoC must be stored and available upon request for review by the UK authorities. In terms of the information on the UK DoC, it remains largely the same as the requirements of EU DoC (for now) and should generally include:
For certain regulations, for example, machinery and ATEX, the UK DoC must also accompany the product.
EPIT Group continue to work closely alongside UK Market Conformity Assessment Bodies (UKMCAB) and Test Laboratories, supporting compliance testing and regulatory requirements.
Therefore, if you are searching for detailed information on the subject of UKCA marking or require support in implementing the new legislation, please contact us and find out how we can assist your requirements.
EPIT Group also have extensive experience dealing with CE Marking and EU Notified Bodies and we will continue our support for the on-going requirements of the EU markets, through our consultancy services.
Further sources of information: