Great Britain | General Product Compliance

UKCA labelling legislation finally published

UK finally published a law which officially allows adding the UKCA marking using a label or accompanying document instead of direct marking on the product till the end of 2023

The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 published recently finally make the information about the UKCA labelling published on the official government websites legally binding.

For a long time, the following statement could be found on the official UK government websites: “The government will introduce legislation so that the UKCA marking can be placed on a label affixed to the product or on a document accompanying the product until 31 December 2023.”  The legislation has been missing, though, which increased the legal uncertainty around the topic.

Luckily, the recently published Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2021 add some clarity.  This measure officially extends the time in which the UKCA marking can be affixed using a label or accompanying document, rather than being placed directly on the product itself, by a further 12 months (until 31 December 2023).

The measure will enter into force on 9 December 2021.

Products in scope of the UKCA marking can range from machinery goods and electronic devices to recreational craft, lifts, pressure equipment, and personal protective equipment among other product types covered by the European conformity marking (CE mark in most cases but also reversed epsilon). Such products are included within, but are not limited to, the following HS codes: 36, 39, 42, 63, 64, 65, 70, 73, 76, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96. More detail on product coverage can be found in the specific UK product legislation.

If you would like to find out more about the UKCA conformity assessment, please do not hesitate to contact our EFS Product Compliance Team.

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