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UKCA marking

The European CE marking is being replaced in Great Britain by the UKCA marking

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is to be used as a replacement for the CE marking on goods placed on the market in Great Britain. The UKCA marking makes it clear that a product brought to market in Great Britain fulfils the conformity requirements of this market. The conformity assessment process and the underlying technical rules (EN standards) that must be applied to demonstrate conformity are largely the same as those used for the CE marking. 
The new UKCA marking has been in force in Great Britain since 01 January 2021. During a one-year transition period to 31 December 2022, the CE marking will continue to be recognised in Great Britain for certain products (Note: This is an innovation from 24/08/2021, so companies have one more year and are allowed to use the UKCA label in Great Britain). After the transition period, that is, from 01 January 2023, for particular product groups, only those that bear the UKCA marking will be accepted. Products can carry both the CE and UKCA markings if they fulfil both the EU and UK regulations in full. There are exceptions for certain product groups, such as medical devices. In this case, the transition period for the CE marking lasts until 01 July 2023.  

Do you have questions about UKCA marking?

Recognition of the UKCA marking

TÜV NORD supports manufacturers or their authorised representatives throughout the recognition and conformity assessment process for the UKCA marking. Either directly or through partnership agreements, TÜV NORD helps with the implementation of the UKCA label from the very beginning. With our partners at our side, we offer tailor-made market access solutions for a wide range of product groups.  Manufacturers and distributors are responsible for their products conformity with the relevant rules in Great Britain and for the creation the conformity assessment documents. With more than 150 years of market experience, we offer practical support and advice to help you develop a frictionless conformity assessment strategy.

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Requirements of the UKCA marking

UKCA marking

TÜV NORD, an international company with subsidiaries across the globe, is perfectly suited to supporting companies with CE and now UKCA conformity assessments. TÜV NORD is officially recognised in Great Britain as a UK Approved Body in the field of pressure equipment and construction products. We intend to continue to expand the scope of our recognition here in accordance with the needs of manufacturers and distributors. On the basis of cooperation with a UK Approved Body, TÜV NORD is also able to offer a simple solution to achieve recognition for products in the field of explosion protection (ATEX). With our international network of conformity assessors, we will be able to offer manufacturers an all-included solution, providing long-term support and assistance. (As of: 31/08/2021)  

Legal requirements in the product areas with UKCA conformity assessment and UKCA marking

TÜV NORD also offers expertise in product certifications, inspection and testing services for various product fields. These include, for example, services in the fields of explosion protection, pressure devices, electromagnetic compatibility, machine safety, outdoor noise and others.  

EU legislation still applies in Great Britain until 31 December 2022, after which certain product groups are only subject to GB law. Below is a selection of the products for which TÜV NORD can offer manufacturers either direct or indirect solutions.   

EU-legislation until the end of 2022 Legislation in Great Britain from 2023  
Toy Safety - Directive 2009/48/EC Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011  
Simple Pressure Vessels - Directive 2014/29/EU Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016  

Electromagnetic Compatibility - Directive 2014/30/EU                                  

Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016

 
Low Voltage Directive 2014/35 Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016  
Lifts - Directive 2014/33/EU Lifts Regulations 2016  

ATEX - Directive 2014/34/EU

Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for
use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
 
Radio equipment - Directive 2014/53/EU Radio Equipment Regulations 2017  
Pressure equipment - Directive 2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016  
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008  
Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC
 
Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment
for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
 
Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 Construction Products (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 in Great Britain
Construction Products Regulations in Northern Ireland
 

Do you have questions about the above legislation?

Answers to the most important questions

In which countries do I need the UKCA marking?

The UKCA marking only applies in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)

What are the rules in Northern Ireland?

As a member of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has special status. The new UKCA rules are not applied in Northern Ireland and the UKCA marking alone will not be accepted. Products there must correspond to harmonised EU standards and be labelled with either the CE or the UK(NI) marking

What needs to be considered when affixing the marking?

  • the marking may only be affixed to the product by the manufacturer or its authorised representative if this is permitted by law 
  • the manufacturer or its authorised representative is responsible for the conformity of the product with the applicable legal requirements. 
  • declaration of conformity of the product with the applicable UK legislation 
  • the meaning and form of the UKCA marking must not lead to misunderstandings by third parties 
  • the visibility, legibility and meaning of the label must be ensured
     

When does the UKCA marking need to be used?

The new UKCA marking only needs to be used before 01 January 2023 if all of the following apply. 
The product:

  • is destined for the British market
  • is covered by legislation requiring the UKCA marking
  • requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment
  • conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body

How can I prepare for the UKCA label?

If a product needs to be converted or adapted to UKCA requirements, TÜV NORD and its partners can help, in some cases offering the services of a UKCA label body. Just get in touch by email at ukca@tuev-nord.de 
 

What are the rules for products from the UK?

Conformity Assessment Bodies lost their status as notified bodies on the GB’s exit from the EU on 01 January 2021 and are no longer allowed to carry out EU conformity assessments. Consequently, their conformity certificates were rendered invalid from 01 January 2021. Manufacturers and distributors may no longer declare conformity on the basis of such certificates. There remains the option of being certified by a notified body headquartered within the EU. TÜV NORD is such a body and is happy to assist. Just get in touch by email at ukca@tuev-nord.de

Can a UKCA and CE declaration of conformity be created in a single document?

No, the two declarations of conformity cannot use the same document. Two separate documents have to be drawn up. These must be retained for 10 years from the date the product is brought to market

Can both the CE marking and the UKCA marking be applied to a product?

Yes, both labels can be applied to a product if the product complies with both sets of requirements. 

What needs to be considered when creating a UK declaration of conformity?

Basically, the contents of a UK declaration of conformity are largely the same as those of an EU declaration of conformity. Depending on the applicable legislation these may vary, but should contain the following: 

  • Name and business address of the manufacturer or authorised representative,
  • serial number, model or type identification of the product
  • if applicable: Details of the UK Approved Body that carried out the conformity assessment procedure
  • Statement of responsibility for the product
  • The relevant legislation with which the product complies
  • List of standards in the United Kingdom
  • Name, signature, date (that declaration is made)

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