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UKCA Marking Information

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is essential for products marketed in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). As of January 1, 2021, this marking applies to most products for which the CE marking can also be used. Here we explain how to use the UKCA marking and the implications for your business.





Continued Recognition of CE Marking


The government has legislated to continue to recognize current EU requirements, including CE marking. This gives companies the flexibility to use both UKCA and CE marking to sell products in Great Britain. This legislation is detailed in the Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment) Regulations 2024.


Fast-Track Provision


As part of this legislation, a new fast-track provision is introduced that allows manufacturers to place products on the GB market if they comply with essential EU requirements and, where necessary, have been assessed by an EU-recognized conformity assessment body.


To benefit from this provision, manufacturers must:


  • Affix the UKCA marking in a permitted manner.

  • Produce the UK declaration of conformity, listing compliance with relevant EU legislation.


Long-Term Flexibility and Certainty


This system is designed to provide long-term certainty and flexibility for companies, should the UK require UKCA marking for certain regulations in the future. CE marking and reverse epsilon marking will continue to be recognized for 21 product regulations.


Exceptions


This legislation does not apply to regulations for medical devices, construction products, marine equipment, railway products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, and unmanned aircraft systems, which have specific arrangements.


Details of the New Measures


As of January 5, 2021, companies must notify ECHA's Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database if products contain more than 0.1% SVHC.


UKCA Marking Information
UKCA Marking Information

Use of UKCA Marking


The UKCA marking must be clear, visible, legible and indelible. There are specific rules on the size and dimensions of the marking. It must be affixed by the manufacturer, its authorized representative or if the product is marketed under the manufacturer's name or trademark.


Accompanying Documentation


The documentation accompanying the product must be in English and include:


  • The UKCA marking.

  • The UK Declaration of Conformity.

  • The EU declaration of conformity (if applicable).

  • Relevant instructions and safety information.


Rules for Using the UKCA Image


Make sure that:


  • The letters forming the UKCA marking are in proportion.

  • The UKCA marking is at least 5 mm high, unless a different minimum dimension is specified.

  • The UKCA marking is easily visible, legible and indelible.


Conclusion

The UKCA marking offers flexibility and long-term security for companies marketing products in Great Britain. Complying with these standards is essential to ensure continued access to the UK market and avoid penalties.

For more details, please refer to the specific guides on how to use UKCA marking and CE marking on products destined for the UK and European markets. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact BELAB Services.





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