What is the UKCA Mark?

The United Kingdom Conformity Assessment Mark, or UKCA Mark for short, is a replacement for the CE Mark.

With the UK having left the EU, the CE Mark will cease to be a valid indicator of conformity with UK Product Safety Regulations, such as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations or the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations.  To indicate that a product conforms to relevant UK Product Safety Regulations, the manufacturer will be required to affix a UKCA Mark instead.

Which UK Product Safety Regulations Require the UKCA Mark?

The five UK Product Safety Regulation that Technology International provides support for, require the UKCA Mark.  They are:

In addition, the UK Regulations found here should carry a valid UKCA Mark, plus any additional marking that may be required (e.g. the Ex Mark for ATEX):

How do the New UK Regulations Differ from the EU Directives They Replace?

The technical requirements of the new UK Regulations that come into force from January 1st, 2021 will be identical to the requirements of the EU Directives they replace.  For example, the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the UK Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations will be identical to the Essential Health & Safety Requirements of the EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The rules regarding confirming or demonstrating conformity with the UK Regulations will also be very similar to those for the EU Directives.  For example, the UK Regulations will still require manufacturers and other responsible parties to prepare Technical Files or other Technical Documentation to provide evidence of conformity.  UK Declarations of Conformity that reference the applicable UK Regulations and UK Standards will need to be issued to support the UKCA Marks affixed to the Products themselves.

Will Notified Body Assessments Still be Required?

The new system of UK Regulations will not make use of Notified Bodies.  As a result of the UK’s departure from the EU, all existing UK based Notified Bodies will lose their appointments on January 1st, 2021.  However, those organisations will have the option to automatically become ‘UK Approved Bodies’ (UKABs) on the same date.  Each new UKAB’s appointment scope will cover the UK Regulations that have replaced the EU Directives for which they were Notified Bodies.   (i.e. a UK Notified Body for the EU Machinery & EMC Directives will become a UKAB for the UK Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and the UK EMC Regulations).

Under the new UK Regulations, UKABs will fulfil precisely the same functions, as UK Notified Bodies did for EU Directives.  Therefore, if an EU Directive made the involvement of a Notified Body a mandatory requirement for a specific product type, the equivalent UK Regulation will also make the involvement of a UK Approved Body mandatory on the same basis.

What Do I Need To Do To Comply With The New UK Regulations?

The precise actions that Manufacturers and other responsible parties will need to take to comply will depend on the specific UK Regulations that are applicable to a product or system.  However, there are some common steps that will need to be followed, including:

  • Amending existing EU compliance documentation such as Technical Files and Declarations of Conformity to reference current UK Regulations and Standards.
  • Affixing UKCA Marks to products.
  • When required, obtaining third-party approval from a UK Approved Body

Do I Need to Have a UKCA Mark on my Products by January 1st, 2021?

The simple answer is no, it will not be necessary to have a valid UKCA Mark on pre-existing Products that are placed on the market in the UK from January 1st, 2021.

To allow Manufacturers and other responsible parties time to transition to the new UK Regulations, the UK Government has stated that pre-existing CE Marks on products will be accepted in the UK until December 31st. 2021.  However, new products placed on the UK market for the first time after January 1st, 2021 should carry a valid UKCA Mark.  The UK Government also recommends that manufacturers transition to use of the UKCA Mark for all products as soon as possible.

UKCA Support from Technology International

If you have questions or concerns regarding the new UKCA requirements, or need assistance meeting them, please contact Technology International.

We can provide everything from advice and guidance on specific UKCA requirements that will impact your business, to product evaluation services and third-party approvals.

From January 1st, 2021 Technology International Europe will become a United Kingdom Approved Body for The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Regulations and The Radio Equipment Regulations.  We also provide support to companies who need to comply with the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use In Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations and The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations.

Why work with Technology International?

Technology International’s goal is to simplify and guide our customer confidently through the complicated process of CE Marking and other Regulations from start to finish.

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