Frequently Asked Questions
How is the situation different for companies based in Northern Ireland?
Companies who are based in Northern Ireland are in a unique position, depending on where the goods will be sold the use of the CE marking and/or either a combination of CE and UKNI marking or the UKCA and UKNI could be used. There is also the possibility that a UK Approved Body could mark a Northern Ireland product with the CE / UKNI combined mark. More information on this is to follow.
For products already placed on the UK market (or in any EU country) from Northern Ireland before 1st January 2021; these goods can continue to circulate until they reach the end-user. You don’t need to do anything.
Note: A good is ‘placed on the market’ when a written or verbal agreement (or offer of an agreement) to transfer ownership or possession or other rights in the product. This does not require physical transfer of the good.
Can UK Approved Bodies approve UKNI Marking?
Yes. Any UK AB can re-assess Northern Ireland products for the Northern Ireland market.
If you are Northern Ireland business, can you use UKCA, UKNI and CE Marking, to continue to sell your products in the GB Market. Does a CE Marking for NI businesses continue to be recognised post 1st January 2022?
From the 1st January 2022, CE Marking will not be recognised in GB, but will be recognised in NI. If it’s a NI manufacturer placing products in the GB market, they will need a UKCA Marking in addition to a CE Marking.
To sell a product into the NI market, an NI company will need either a CE Marking (from an EU body) or a CE and UKNI Marking (from a UK body).
There are some caveats to this and qualifying Northern Ireland goods can still be sold in the GB market with an EU conformity assessment marking (such as CE Marking) if the following apply;
- You currently apply the CE marking to your good on the basis of self-declaration
- Any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body
- The certificate of conformity previously held by a UK approved body has been transferred to an EU-recognised notified body
- Any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by a UK based body and you are therefore using the CE marking with new UKNI marking.
This will still be applicable even if there are changes between the EU rules that the Northern Ireland Protocol applies to and the GB rules.
For Northern Ireland distributors placing EU goods on the UK market, what is changing?
You will need to make sure that;
- Goods are labelled with your company’s details
- The correct conformity assessment procedures have been carried out and the correct technical documentation is available
- The goods have the correct EU conformity markings
- Goods conform with the relevant essential requirements (could be EU requirements)