The UK Government and European Commission have published technical guidance for businesses on the labelling and marking requirements for placing goods on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), Northern Ireland and the EU from 1 January 2021. These labelling requirements will differ based on the type of goods and assessments required.
What is the UK Conformity Assessed marking?
To replace CE marking, the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods placed on the market in Great Britain. It will be required for most goods currently subject to CE marking. The UKCA mark will be available for use from 1 January 2021 but, in in most cases, it will not be legally required until 1 January 2022 in order to give businesses time to adjust.
When should the UKCA be used immediately?
Most products will be permitted to continue using the CE marking until 1 January 2022. However, if all of the below applies to your product or product standards in the UK diverge from those in the EU, the UKCA marking must be used for goods you place on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 (or the point of such divergence). These requirements do not apply to existing stock and products already placed on the market before 31 December 2020. Conditions for immediate UKCA use:
- The product will be placed on the Great Britain market.
- The product is subject to specific UK legislation requiring the use of UKCA marking.
- Conformity assessments are required to be carried out by a third party.
- Previous conformity assessments were carried out by a UK-body and registration has not been transferred to an EU-recognised body before 1 January 2021.
It is also important to understand whether your goods are subject to separate requirements (e.g., chemicals, medicines) and check the UK Government guidance for continuing to place these goods on the Great Britain market.