What does UKCA stand for?
United Kingdom Conformity Assessed
What is UKCA?
The UKCA marking is a new product marking that is used for items sold in the United Kingdom (England, Wales and Scotland). The UKCA marking cannot be used alone for goods sold in Northern Ireland. Products from Northern Ireland must meet the UNKI product conformity standard.
The UKCA marking now covers many items that formerly needed the CE marking, described as ‘new approach’ goods.
When does the UKCA mark come into force?
After the UK left the European Union (EU) on 31st January 2020 CET (11 p.m. GMT), the UKCA marking went into effect on 1st January 2021. However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the government announced on 24th August 2021, that the deadline for transitioning from CE to UKCA Marking has been extended to 1st January 2023. CE markings will be recognised in the UK until the end of 2022 and beginning in 2023, only products bearing the UKCA label will be accepted in the UK.
What’s the difference between UKCA and CE markings?
According to the EU Directive, CE marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and found to meet EU safety, health, and environmental requirements. It is required for all products manufactured anywhere in the world and sold in the EU.
From 1st January 2023, the CE mark will no longer be recognised by the UK and manufacturers will need to apply the UKCA mark to any product(s) they intend to place on the UK market. Most products that are currently covered by CE marking regulations and directives will be covered by UKCA marking. Manufacturers can demonstrate conformance with a certificate until 1st January 2023, at which point they must permanently affix the UKCA mark to the product.
The UKCA mark will not be recognised in the EU as it only shows compliance with the UK’s Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, not the EU Directive. However, CE markings will continue to be recognised for products placed on the market in EU27 countries.
What does this mean for products manufactured before 1st January 2023?
It does not apply to existing stock, such as if your product was fully manufactured, CE marked, and ready for sale before 1st January 2023. In these cases, even if your product is covered by a certificate of conformity issued by a UK body before 1st January 2023, it can still be sold in the UK with a CE marking.
Dalroad are committed to supplying our customers quality products that meets safety, health, and environmental requirements. Dalroad is working with our Suppliers to ensure that all our products meet the UKCA requirements.