UKCA mark has been delayed by 12 months
26 August 2021
Businesses will have an additional year to apply new product safety markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales, the Government has announced.
The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking allows the UK to have control over its goods regulations, maintaining the high product safety standards expected in the UK.
Recognising the impact of the pandemic on businesses, the Government will extend this deadline to 1 January 2023 to apply UKCA marks for certain products to demonstrate compliance with product safety regulations, rather than 1 January 2022.
The UKCA marking replaces the product safety labelling the UK previously used while a member of the EU, such as the CE mark.
This announcement follows the Government’s extensive and ongoing engagement with business groups and reflects the issues businesses have raised, particularly given the impact of the pandemic.
Businesses must take action to ensure they are ready to apply UKCA marking by 1 January 2023, the final deadline.
The Government will continue to engage with manufacturers to ensure they understand what they need to do to get ready, including through a new series of webinars. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has already run several webinars in the last few months and engaged extensively through trade associations.
BEAMA, the UK trade association for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure technologies and systems, has been lobbying the Government to recognise that for many products requiring third party conformity assessment, including Construction products, there will not be sufficient availability or capacity for UK Approved Body testing by the end of 2021.
The company states, “It will be frustrating for manufacturers who have already applied enormous effort and resource to accelerate their preparations for full UKCA marking by the end of the year but we have also lobbied to ensure this announcement came as early as was politically possible, rather than just before the expiry of the previous deadline. It will be welcome that there is a chance for the new regime to fully enter into force in a better organised manner with, we hope, more substantial compliance and customer understanding across the GB market. There is no change to the continuing use of CE marking for Northern Ireland products.”
BEIS will hold a webinar on Thursday 02 Sept 2021 at 1400 on UKCA marking, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beis-webinar-the-ukca-mark-the-new-domestic-regime-tickets-167053460397
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