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Do I need to use the UKCA marking on my products?

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is a new product marking that came into effect on 1 January 2021, post-Brexit. Here's what you need to know:


What is the UKCA Mark?

The UKCA mark indicates that a product meets the necessary safety, health, and environmental protection standards. It's now mandatory for specific products sold in Great Britain, replacing the CE mark. If your goods previously required the CE mark for the GB market, they'll now need the UKCA mark.


Do I Need to Use the UKCA Marking?

Yes, if:

  • Your product is for the GB market.

  • It falls under legislation requiring the UKCA marking. Check here.

  • It needs a third-party conformity assessment.

  • The assessment is done by a UK conformity assessment body.

Exceptions:

  • Existing stock manufactured and CE-marked before 1 January 2021 doesn't need the UKCA mark until January 2025.

  • Different rules apply for Northern Ireland.


Grace Periods and Extensions

  • You can use the CE mark until 31 December 2024.

  • Sticky labels or accompanying documents for UKCA marking and importer information are extended to 31 December 2027.

  • Conformity assessments for CE marking done by 31 December 2024 can be used for UKCA marking until 31 December 2027.


Legal Responsibilities

  • Manufacturers: Ensure product compliance, prepare necessary documentation, and delegate duties if needed.

  • UK Distributors and Suppliers: Determine if you're an 'importer'. If you're the first to bring goods from outside the UK to the GB market, you're an importer. Responsibilities include labeling goods with company details, ensuring correct conformity assessments, and maintaining a declaration of conformity for 10 years.


UK Declaration of Conformity

This declaration is similar to the EU's. It should include your business details, product details, a statement of compliance, relevant UK legislation, and other supplementary information.


Displaying the UKCA Mark

  • The UKCA mark should be proportional, with letters at least 5mm in height.

  • It should be permanently visible and attached by January 1, 2025.

  • The mark can be on the product, packaging, manual, or supporting literature, depending on the product's regulations.


Products Covered by UKCA

The UKCA mark covers a wide range of products, from toy safety and machinery to aerosols and low voltage electrical equipment. Some products, like medical devices and construction products, have special rules.


Existing Products

Products fully manufactured and CE-marked before January 1, 2021, can still be sold in Britain with a CE marking, even if they've had third-party conformity checks before this date.


The introduction of the UKCA mark is a significant change for businesses operating in Great Britain. It's essential to understand these new requirements to ensure compliance and smooth market operations.




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