18 January 2022
In the wake of Brexit, the regulations for placing pressure equipment and components on the GB market have changed. All products for which CE marking was mandatory in the past will require UKCA marking in the future. Even products that have already been certified need a new certificate. The transition period will end on 31 December 2022. [On 14 November 2022 the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that the transitional period will be extended up to 31 December 2024.]
UKCA is the new UK certification mark and is similar to CE marking in the EU Single Market. It is issued under the supervision of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Accredited organisations such as TÜV SÜD verify that manufacturers fulfil the criteria required for affixing the marking to their products. On expiry of the transition period, certification in accordance with the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations and the corresponding UKCA marking will become mandatory to gain access to the GB market. This applies to all pressure equipment and pressure-equipment components placed on the GB market from 1 January 2023 onwards.
TÜV SÜD supports the manufacturers of pressure equipment and components, helping them to meet the new requirements of the British market. “We have been accredited for this scope by UKAS and can thus carry out certification in accordance with the new UK Regulations”, says Winfried Schock from the Plant Safety business line at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH. “As we are accredited for both the GB market and the EU Single Market, we can also offer all necessary certifications from a single source, thereby ensuring a highly efficient certification process.”
For current information on the UKCA marking and a direct link to the official information portal of the UK government, go to www.tuvsud.com/ukca-pressure-equipment-certification or send an email to: [email protected].
Press-contact: Dr Thomas Oberst