Great Britain | General product compliance

New rules on the use of the UKCA marking

Finally, on the 1st September 2020 the British government published an official Guidance on using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021.

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be 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 and will also apply to aerosol products.

From 1 January 2021 the technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) manufacturers must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – will be largely the same as they are now.

The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, manufacturers will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.

Until 1 January 2023, for most goods (other than those subject to special rules) manufacturers will have the option to affix the UKCA marking on a label affixed to the product or on an accompanying document.  From 1 January 2023, the UKCA marking must, in most cases, be affixed directly to the product.

The UK Declaration of Conformity will have to be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking.  The information required on the Declaration of Conformity will be largely the same as what is currently required on an EU Declaration of Conformity.  However, relevant UK rather than EU legislation as well as UK designated standards rather than standards cited in the Official Journal of the European Union will have to be listed.

More information can be found on the official website of the British government: link.

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