What is the UKCA mark?
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is the new UK product marking that will be required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most products that previously required the CE mark.
It will not be recognised in the EU market. Products that require CE marking will still need a CE marking to be sold in the EU.
When will the new UKCA mark come into force?
The UKCA mark will come into force on 1 Jan 2021, although CE marking will continue to be recognised in the UK until the end of 2022. However, from the beginning of 2023 only products with UKCA marking will be accepted in Great Britain.
Temple QMS will work with you on the required conformity assessment procedures that will allow you to affix the UKCA marking under the following areas:
- Construction products
- Personal protective equipment
- Gas appliances
- Pressure equipment
- Measurement instruments
- Fire equipment
- Radio equipment
Please note: At the time of writing, guidelines and timescales regarding UKCA marking for medical devices and IVD’s differ to those for the products listed above.
Selling goods in Great Britain
The UKCA marking applies to most goods previously subject to the CE marking. It also applies to aerosol products that previously required the ‘reverse epsilon’ marking.
The technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – are largely the same as they were for the CE marking.
The circumstances in which you can use self-declaration of conformity for UKCA marking are the same as for CE marking. If you were able to self-declare conformity for the CE marking, you will be able to do the same for the UKCA marking.
You must use the UKCA marking from 1 January 2023. You can still use the CE marking until then.
The CE marking is only valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain, even before 31 December 2022.