What is the UKCA Marking?
On 1st January 2021 product marking in the UK changed as we officially left the EU single market. The UKCA Marking (United Kingdom Conformity Assessed) is the new marking which will be used for goods being placed and sold on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).
Following our departure from the European Union, the UK has adopted its own legislation regarding the placement and sale of goods. This has seen the European PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 being incorporated into UK Law, becoming the UK PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 (as retained in UK law and amended) – UK Legislation UK 2019 SI696 Schedule 35 Regulation 38.
Goods will be required to be assessed and certified by a third-party, in the UK, known as an ‘Approved Body’, the process of which is very similar to that of CE certification, where goods are assessed and certified in Europe by a ‘EU27 Notified Body’. All categories of PPE will need to be marked with the new UKCA mark, which needs to be placed on products as a means of showing conformance with UK Legislation.
- Products placed on the EU Market – No Change
- CE Marking will be recognised in the UK until 1st January 2022
- UKCA Marking will replace CE Marking for products placed on the GB Market
- UKCA Marking will NOT be recognised on the EU Market
CE Marking in Northern Ireland?
Although it is still part of the UK, goods being sold into Northern Ireland will still require the CE Mark as this will still be recognised as conformity here. the UKCA alone will not be sufficient for the placement and sale of goods. Alternatively, the UKNI mark can be applied, however, this will not be recognised as conformity in EU27 Countries, but WILL be recognised in Eire.
The UKNI mark can never be used in isolation; it must accompany CE Marking.
For more information on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market, refer to the Government website: click here to refer to the Government website.
- 2021: In this period companies will be required to apply for certification, and products and documentation can be labelled with either the CE Mark, the UKCA Mark, or both. The CE mark will still be recognised on the UK as a means of conformity.
- 2022: During this period, it will only be possible to place products on the GB market carrying the UKCA Mark. It will no longer be possible to introduce product onto the market that only carry the CE mark. Throughout this period the manufacturer can affix the UKCA mark on packaging or Product Information Sheets where the CE mark only is present on the product.
- 2023: From this point onwards, it will only be possible to place and sell products on the GB market which carry the UKCA Marking on the product (unless this is not possible due to the size or characteristics of the product) whereas the UKCA mark can be placed on the packaging instead.
Applications are underway to ensure all our Predator by Ron® products obtain UKCA certification in a timely manner, with the updated labelling and Product Information Sheets filtering through on all our products within the next 12 months.
Once UK Certificates have been received all documents, such as data sheets and EU and UK Declarations of Conformity, will be updated and free to access from our sales team or on our website in due course.
Where can I access more information?
For more in-depth information, click here to refer to the Government website.
Alternatively, you are able to contact us for more information using the contact details below: