The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us all for a loop. Effects of the pandemic have been seen across many industries, supply chains, and more, including the extension of deadlines for product compliance regulations.
In a statement on August 24th, 2021, the UK government announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for products transitioning from CE compliance to UKCA compliance has been extended. The new deadline is now January 1st, 2023.
Manufacturers looking for more advice and guidance can also reference the resources provided on the UK Government website.
Refresher on UKCA:
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 31st, 2022 (previously December 2021). All products shipped into the UK after that date must have the UKCA mark and a UKCA Declaration of Conformity.
All medical devices placed on the Great Britain market must now be registered with the MHRA.
The technical requirements and conformity assessment process and standards that demonstrate conformity for both the UKCA and CE markings are largely the same.
UKCA Transition Period
The UKCA marking came into effect on January 1st, 2021, but an adjustment period will be in place until January 1st, 2023. During that timeframe, the UK will still accept the CE mark in most cases. F2 Labs recommends that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure your product will meet the deadline for this transition.
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*
* are covered by UKCA marking but have special rules.