The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is the new mandatory mark on a large number of manufactured goods to indicate that they conform to legislation enacted in Westminster for Britain (GB).
Businesses have until 1 January 2023 to start using UKCA marking which replaces EU marking.
On 20th June 2022, the then UK government announced that conformity assessment activities undertaken by EU bodies before the end of 2022 would be considered as the basis for UKCA marking in 2023.
That UK government announced that legislation on this would be brought forward before the end of 2022 to enable manufacturers to apply the UKCA mark on these products without the need for re-testing.
The purpose of this new legislation (if enacted) would be to allow CE marked products that are manufactured and imported into the UK by the end of 2022 to be sold, without the need to meet UKCA requirements. This would remove the current need for retesting and recertification for products that are imported whilst the UK recognised CE requirements.
The 20th June 2022 announcement also states the UK would continue to accept spares onto the GB market which comply with the same requirements that were in place at the time the original products or systems they were being used to repair, replace or maintain were placed on the market.
Legislation would also be brought forward to extend current labelling easements to allow important information and other UKCA markings to be added to products using a sticky label or an accompanying document.
In addition, the 20th June 2022 announcement states that manufacturers of construction products under AVCP system 3 – such as radiators, sealants and tile adhesives – whose products are tested by an EU notified body before 1 January 2023 would be able to obtain a UKCA mark without having to retest through a UK-approved body.
The 20th June 2022 announcement is here.
The business sectors that these measures apply to include:
• electrical and electronics
• equipment for explosive atmospheres
• gas appliances
• outdoor equipment
• personal protective equipment
• pressure equipment
• civil explosives
• recreational craft
There are different rules for:
• medical devices
• construction products
• transportable pressure equipment
• unmanned aircraft systems
• rail products
• marine equipment