There are two routes to UKCA and UKNI Marking. The UK Government has published the adopted Construction Products Regulation and The Construction Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The latter came into force on 1st January 2021 and provides a parallel Regulatory system to that previously operated by the EU relating to CE Marking.
The first route applies where a product is covered by a UK Designated Standard. These documents have the same text as previously used harmonised European Standards. Up until the end of 2020, it was mandatory to CE Mark products covered by one of these Standards.
CE Marking will continue to be accepted until the end of 2021 in Great Britain, but thereafter this must be replaced by UKCA Marking.
UKCA Marking is mandatory for all affected new products being placed on the GB market for the first time from 1st January 2021.
The situation in Northern Ireland is different. Marking of the product is mandatory for a product covered by a Designated Standard, but this can be by either CE marking alone or by a combination of both CE Marking and UKNI Marking, depending on the location of the Certification body, as described above. UKNI is never used in isolation.
The second route is a voluntary process, where the product is not covered by a Designated Standard. This will require the issue of a UK Technical Assessment Document by a UK Certification Body, such as the BBA. If you are interested in this option, please get in touch, as the details of the process are still being decided by the Government.