A UKTA is a United Kingdom Technical Assessment which is the means for non-harmonised products to achieve UKCA Marking. The UKTA is the UK equivalent of ETA’s (European Technical Assessments) for non-harmonised products to achieve CE Marking in Europe. UKCA Marking for products covered by harmonised / designated standards is mandatory, whilst the UKTA route is voluntary.
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, Scotland, Wales). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods.
The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2023 in most cases.
UKTA’s can be issued by UK-based Technical Assessment Bodies. Assessed products may then be affixed with UKCA Marking.
The British Board of Agrément has been given the greenlight to commence the issuing of UK Technical Assessments (UKTAs) – the first Technical Assessment Body in the UK to be able to do so.