UKCA mark requirements postponed! Does it concern your products?

Good news! The UK government confirmed that the obligation to comply with the UKCA mark requirements has been postponed from the 1 January 2022 deadline to 2023.

As a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak, it was acknowledged that businesses need additional time to recover and adapt to the new UK requirements. .

Which products are affected?

The UKCA mark is required for a wide range of products, such as toys, radio equipment and personal protective equipment. Additionally, aerosols marked with reversed epsilon must change to the UKCA mark as well.

Manufacturers who wish to place their products in England, Wales or Scotland have one additional year to become compliant with the UKCA mark regime. For the time being, the UKCA mark is not mandatory and CE marking can be used instead until 1January 2023.

If you wish to read more on the UKCA mark and when it is applicable, you can refer to this guidance.

Exceptions:

This extended timeline does not apply to medical devices, which may use the CE mark until 1July 2023, as originally set by the UK regulator.

Moreover, Northern Ireland does not recognize the UKCA mark. Instead, the products will bear either UKNI mark (if a UK Conformity Assessment Body is selected), or the CE mark. There is no deadline for CE mark use in Northern Ireland, as this will continue to be recognized due to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Need help?

Do you feel confused about UKCA, UKNI and CE markings? Obelis can help you assess your situation and advice on legal requirements for your products. Contact us today to get a head start!

Katerina Svambergova

R&D Department

06 September 2021

Should you like to appoint Obelis UK as your UK RP, or if you simply need guidance on your UK documentation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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References:

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (2021). Businesses given more time to apply new product safety marking. Retrieved on 06/09/2021 from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-given-more-time-to-apply-new-product-safety-marking

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