The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking that is used for certain goods being placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales from January 2023.
At Spiers Safety Engineering, we provide third-party UKCA certification for industrial machines, as well as UKCA self-certification training courses that help you get your product UKCA marked in line with all existing compliance procedures. Our safety experts can teach you how to:
All our UKCA courses are delivered by machine safety experts at our Spiers Training Centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Spiers Engineering Safety collaborated with RiskMach to develop the UKCA Software TM that is leading the UK product certification into the post-Brexit world. We use the RiskMach compliance and certification software during our training and support activities as a tool to implement a ready-made certification assessment procedure into your business.
Need additional support? We also offer a handy UKCA certification package, including our purpose-built UKCA certification software tool, UKCA training for your team and on-demand support from our self-certification experts.
Feel free to read our guide on the UKCA marking requirements or explore our FAQ section about the UKCA mark below. The guidance on UKCA is changing rapidly so please come back for updates or sign up for our UKCA updates
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking that will be used, for certain goods being placed on the UK market following the UK’s exit from the EU.
The CE Mark is controlled by the EU under the Machinery Directive and they may not be too happy about us using that mark after Brexit. So, in the meantime, the UK has made contingency plans so that we can continue to mark our products but with something other than the CE Mark.
Goodbye CE mark. Hello UKCA mark!
The UKCA mark is a mark that can be applied to a product by the manufacturer to ensure that it meets all the essential requirements for products of that type.
No. However during the transition from CE Mark to UKCA mark, there is as of yet no statutory requirements telling us which products need UKCA marking. As a guide for now your best guess is to assume that the product directives of CE marking will be transposed to UK law in full. Note, this is a good rule of thumb but it is by no means certain.
You must complete a conformity assessment of your product to the essential requirements to ensure that is safe. Then hold the evidence for up to 10 years in case an enforcement authority challenge its status.
No. You do not have to use a registered conformity body. However, you may want help to ensure that your products are being put through an appropriate conformity assessment procedure.
The exact documentation you need to keep for a product will vary based on its type. We don’t yet have the detail from the UK Government to know for sure but it will likely result in a technical construction file being compiled. Product-specific British standards will specify certain tests, design requirements etc. These should all be evidenced in the technical construction file.
The CE mark is supported by the issuing of a declaration of conformity. Much in the same way, the UKCA is supported by its own declaration of conformity. The declaration is a legal statement by the manufacturer that the product is safe to put into service or place on the market. It will include the name and address of the manufacturer and the type and model of the product. More details will follow as the UK government releases more guidance.
The UKCA mark came into force from the beginning of 2021 and from 2023, the CE mark will no longer be accepted on the GB market. This means that, for serial manufacturing where your product has been CE marked in the past (before 1 January 2021), you have until 1 January 2023 to get it UKCA marked. This 24-month transitional period gives you the time to adapt to the new requirements for product safety certification in the UK.
There are a couple of exceptions to this rule:
If you don’t get the UKCA marking in time, your CE-marked product can only be sold on the EU market or the NI market (however, in Northern Ireland, it may be subject to UKNI marking requirements too).
The above information is correct as of the time of writing. However, please be aware that the official rules may change, so please check the Government’s guidelines on when to use the UKCA marking for the latest updates.