The UKCA Mark for the GB market comes into force from the 1st January 2021?
What is the UKCA Mark?
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark is the new UK product mark that will be required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most products that previously required the CE mark.
The UKCA mark will not be recognised outside of Great Britain and products will still need to bear a CE mark to be sold in the EU. CE marking will continue to be accepted in Northern Ireland under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.
What does a UKCA mark show?
By affixing a UKCA mark to a product and placing it onto the GB market, the manufacturer is stating that the product meets the UK Regulations as defined in the relevant Statutory Instruments
When does the UKCA mark come into force?
The UKCA mark comes into force after 31st December 2020 which marks the end of the transition or implementation period. However, to allow manufacturers time to adjust, CE marking will continue to be accepted until 1st January 2021 in most cases, assuming that GB and EU rules remain the same.
The UKCA mark comes into effect on 1st January 2021
The principle of self-certification and third-party assessments established under EU legislation is unchangedCE marking will continue to be accepted on the GB market until 31st December 2021 for most products, assuming that GB and EU rules remain the same
There is no mutual recognition of marks between the UK and EU
From 1st January 2021, third-party assessments from EU appointed Notified Bodies located in the UK will no longer be accepted in the EU, and certificates issued by those bodies cease to be valid
Existing UK based Notified Bodies will cease to operate and will automatically become UK Approved Bodies with the same scope. They will perform the same activities but under the UK Regulations
CE marking continues to be the product marking scheme for Northern Ireland where the product is placed on the market using self-certification
To place a product onto the Northern Ireland market that requires the use of third-party approval, either an EU-27 Notified Body can be used and the CE mark applied or both the CE and UK(NI) mark applied when a UK Approved Body is used
Placing products onto the GB Market
The UKCA mark can be used to demonstrate conformity with UK Regulations for products placed on the GB market from 1st January 2021
To allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, CE marking can continue to be used until 31st December 2021 for most products assuming that GB and EU rules remain the same.
The UKCA mark will need to be used immediately from 1st January 2021 if ALL of the following apply:
The product is intended for the GB market
It is covered by legislation which requires the UKCA marking
It requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment
A third-party assessment has been carried out by an EU appointed Notified Body located in the UK and the files have not been transferred to an EU-27 Notified Body
Note that this does not apply to existing stock, for example if your goods were fully manufactured and ready to place on the market before 1st January 2021. In these cases, a product can still be sold in Great Britain with the CE marking even if covered by a certificate of conformity issued by a UK body.
From 1st January 2022, all products placed on the GB market are required to be UKCA marked unless special arrangements, such as those for medical devices, are in place CE marking for medical devices will continue to be recognised in Great Britain until 30 June 2023 assuming that GB and EU rules remain the same.
Products that are currently CE marked on the basis of an EU Notified Body assessment are, from 1st January 2022, required to be assessed by a UK Approved Body for UK market access
For businesses based in Northern Ireland, qualifying Northern Ireland goods can be placed on the GB market with an EU conformity assessment marking, such as the CE marking, after 31st December 2021
The information above was correct at time of document creation (December 16th 2020). To ensure you use up to date guidelines, please refer to UK Government website:
Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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