UKCA Marking Deadline
extended to 1 January 2023.

The Government announced today (24th August 2021) that the deadline to transition from CE to UKCA Marking has been extended to 1st January 2023, giving the market an additional year to adjust.

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) Marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE Marking.

The UKCA Marking came into effect on 1st January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE Marking on existing products until 1st January 2023 in most cases.

Information from the Gov.uk website on UKCA Marking advises of the following:

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.”

Act today!

Although the extended timeline has enabled the market extra time to get themselves ready, the BBA is ready today to help you get the process started. We advise that you start this process as soon as possible.

For more information about UKCA marking, how it works, and how we can help you get ready, visit our UKCA information hub here, or speak to a member of the BBA Team today:

Contact us.