More time to apply UKCA marking
The British government confirmed recently that companies would have an extra year to start using the new product safety marking – the UKCA marking.
It was announced by the UK government that businesses will have an additional year to apply the new UKCA product safety marking for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. The deadline was extended to 1 January 2023, rather than 1 January 2022. The legal basis of these changes are the newly published Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021.
The extension was announced as the government recognized the impact of the pandemic on businesses and decided to make this concession for companies.
Now, businesses must take action to ensure they are ready to apply UKCA marking by 1 January 2023, the final deadline. Nevertheless, the UKCA marking can be used already now and the British government encourages businesses to start using it as soon as possible.
What’s more, the measure also extends the time in which the UKCA marking itself can be affixed using a label or accompanying document, rather than being placed directly on the product itself, by a further 12 months (until 1 January 2024).
The government said it would continue to engage with manufacturers to ensure they understand what they need to do to get ready, including through a new series of webinars.