UKCA Mark

The UK product marking requirement that will be needed for products being placed on the market in Great Britain

The UK product marking requirement that will be needed for products being placed on the market in Great Britain

What is the UKCA Mark?

UKCA mark

UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed marking) is the UK product marking requirement that will be needed for products being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), substituting the EU requirements for CE Marking (CE marking will continue to be accepted in Northern Ireland). UKCA marking will indicate that a product placed on the Great Britain market meets the UKCA Marking requirements. UKCA marking was specified in the original ‘EU Exit’ UK Statutory Instruments, and for most products this is defined in UK Statutory Instrument 2019 No. 696 and amendments (exceptions being Automotive, Marine and Medical devices for example).

‘EU exit’ UK Statutory Instruments and amendments require UKCA marking for products that can be self-declared or currently need a notified body assessment. Initially the UKCA marking requirements will align with CE marking requirements that they replace, but overtime divergence is possible. Note – Additional requirements may need to be considered for products being placed on the UK Northern Ireland market due to separate Northern Ireland Protocol requirements.

When is UKCA marking required?

UKCA will be used to replace the CE Marking requirements for products being placed on the GB market from the 1st January 2021.

For most products there is a transitional arrangement for acceptance of CE marking until 1st January 2023 following the announcement of an extension (the exception being marine equipment and medical devices for example which already had longer transition periods which remain unchanged).  

Updated government guidance

 

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