The UK has left the EU and new rules concerning the transition for most CE products to UKCA products began in January 2021. The transition period for most products ends on December 31, 2021. All products shipped into the UK after that date must have the UKCA mark and a UKCA Declaration of Conformity.
About the UKCA Mark
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking used for goods that hope to be placed on the market in Great Britain. In most cases, these goods previously required CE marking.
F2 Labs recommends that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure your product will meet the deadline for this transition.
Even though the technical requirements and conformity assessment process and standards that demonstrate conformity for both the UKCA and CE markings are largely the same, the UKCA marking is not recognized in the EU market and the CE mark will not be recognized in the UK market (at the end of the 2021 transition period).
If your product is not already CE Marked, testing would need to be conducted so that the CE and/or UKCA mark can be applied to the product.
Manufacturers can supply a UKCA Declaration of Conformity beginning on January 1st, 2021. However, it will not be mandatory until the end of the implementation period, which is December 31st, 2021 (with some exceptions).
Product Labeling, Technical Documentation, and Declaration of Conformity with UKCA
Product labeling is required for UKCA products in the UK market. In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking on the product itself or the packaging. Starting in January 2023 the label must be permanently attached unless otherwise specified in legislation.
Technical documentation that demonstrates your product’s conformity with regulatory requirements must be kept for up to 10 years after the product is placed on the market. Product documentation can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities, for the safety of the public. The information requested will vary depending on specific legislation pertaining to your product.
A Declaration of Conformity must be supplied to the end-user for most products with a UKCA mark. The declaration of conformity declares key information about the product, including your name and full business address and the product’s serial number, model, or type identification, etc.
Similar to the technical documentation, the declaration of conformity should be available to market surveillance authorities on request.
Products covered by the UKCA Marking
- Toy safety
- Recreational craft and personal watercraft
- Simple pressure vessels
- Electromagnetic compatibility
- Non-automatic weighing instruments
- Measuring instruments
- Radio equipment
- Pressure equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Gas appliances
- Equipment for use outdoors
- Low voltage electrical equipment
- Restriction of hazardous substances
- medical devices*
- rail interoperability*
- construction products*
- civil explosives*
*covered by UKCA marking but have special rules.