UKCA mark replaces the CE mark

AS you will be aware, the UK has now left the EU and the transition period has ended. Employers will need to become familiar with the new arrangements for ‘safety marking’ within the UK. This short article helps you to understand what you should be looking for when you purchase equipment that was previously ‘CE’ marked.

The product marking shown above was introduced on 1 January 2021 to reflect the fact that the UK is no longer be part of the CE marking scheme. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. At the present time, the essential requirements for marking products will largely be the same so manufacturers will be able to continue to produce products with the CE mark until the end of 2021 as long as current EU rules for the product do not change. After the end of this year, only products that bear the UKCA mark should be accepted.

Products will need to bear the new UKCA mark

The new marking requirements will not apply to existing stocks so it is likely that these will be available for some time yet until stocks are exhausted.

You should ensure that persons responsible for purchasing within your organisation are aware of the new rules and procurement processes and specifications take account of these changes. The UKCA marking will not be recognised within the EU so businesses exporting goods will require to be CE marked as previously.

 

UKCA business purchasing goods