As the deadline for when businesses need to use the UKCA mark has been extended, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has updated a number of its guidance documents. The Office for Product Safety and Standards has updated its statutory guidance.
The Government is to continue to recognise the CE product marking in Great Britain for a further 2 years until 31 December 2024. Businesses can also use the UKCA marking, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply; either UKCA or CE markings.
Businesses have been able to use the UKCA mark since 1 January 2021 to demonstrate their conformity with product standards in England, Scotland and Wales.
Under the terms of the Protocol, Northern Ireland will continue to recognise the CE marking for goods placed on the market in Northern Ireland. They will need to use the UKNI marking if they use a UK Conformity Assessment Body to test their products.
The following guidance by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have been updated:
Guidance. CE marking – How a product complies with EU safety, health and environmental requirements, and how to place a CE marking on your product.
Guidance. Placing manufactured products on the market in Great Britain – What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured products you place on the market in Great Britain.
Guidance. UKCA marking: roles and responsibilities – If the UKCA marking applies to products you manufacture or handle, you will have specific obligations and responsibilities for compliance, depending on your role.
Guidance. UKCA marking: conformity assessment and documentation – How to make sure that your products are properly checked for conformity and your technical documents are managed correctly.
Guidance. Using the UKCA marking – Find out if you need to use the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking on products you manufacture or handle.
To identify the appropriate body to certify products refer to: UK Market Conformity Assessment Bodies
The Product safety for businesses: A to Z of industry guidance shows which regulations apply to your product.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards updated its statutory guidance on 17 November 2022 to reflect the further extension of the transition period for UKCA marking.
The guidance updated includes (click on each title to read guidance):
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
- Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
- Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
- Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations 2016
- Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
- Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
- Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
- Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
- Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
- Lifts Regulations 2016
- Gas Appliances (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
- Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
- Guidance for businesses on the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
- General Product Safety Regulations 2005
- Packaged goods: weights and measures regulations
- Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015
- Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
- Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
- Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013
- Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009
- Measuring container bottles: register a manufacturer’s mark
Office for Product Safety and Standards – website