UKCA Markings Update

The UK government has announced a range of changes to make it, they claim, simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in Great Britain. This follows concerns raised by industry in general and the government state that they are introducing a range of measures to make UKCA requirements easier to follow.

They say that the measures have been designed to reduce costs and burdens for businesses moving to the UKCA regime at a time when businesses and consumers face rising prices and are introducing legislation where necessary to:

1. Reduce re-testing costs for UKCA certification by allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking completed by the 31 December 2022 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for UKCA marking. This will reduce the immediate costs faced by manufacturers and will be valid until the expiry of their certificate or for 5 years (31 December 2027), whichever is sooner;

2. Make it clear that there is no need to re-test and re-mark existing imported stock for goods that are manufactured, CE-marked and imported under contract into the UK by the end of 2022;

3. Continue to accept spare parts onto the GB market which comply with the same conformity assessment requirements that were in place at the time the original product or system they are ultimately intended to repair, replace or maintain was placed on the market;

4. Make it easier to label products, by continuing to allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking, and to include importer information for products from EEA countries (and in some cases, Switzerland), on an accompanying document or a label until 31 December 2025.

The above measures apply to machinery and personal protective equipment, although there may be different rules for construction products as the government state that they will recognise historic testing on some construction products and that manufacturers of construction products under AVCP system 3 – whose products are tested by an EU notified body before 1 January 2023 - will be able to obtain a UKCA mark without having to retest through a UK-approved body. These measures apply to the Great Britain market as there are different rules for Northern Ireland whilst the Northern Ireland Protocol remains in force.

CPA, as a member of the UK Equipment & Machinery Industry Forum, will discuss with other trade bodies on any potential impacts of the intended implementation of UKCA marking on the supply of plant, equipment and spares, both within and from the UK and particularly where cases of any divergence from CE marking requirements may occur.

More information on the latest measures can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-make-it-simpler-for-businesses-to-apply-new-product-safety-markings