Is your company UKCA ready?
Is your company UKCA ready?
Is your company ready for "UKCA" certification?
Since the UK has left the EU, the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is a new UK product marking regulation that will be used to replace the CE mark for goods sold in the UK market, CSA Group's Sira certification service (No.0518) will Being recognised as a UK accredited body on 1 January 2021 enables us to carry out conformity assessments for the UKCA marking of these products.
From 1 January 2021, the UKCA mark will become a conformity assessment mark for goods entering the UK market that are currently CE marked, however, in order to have time to adjust to the new requirements, businesses will still be able to do so on 1 January 2022 Previously using the CE marking, businesses should be ready to use the UKCA marking from 1 January 2022 at the latest, although they should be using the UKCA marking sooner rather than later.
Use the UKCA logo
From 1 January 2021, businesses can use the UKCA mark on their products or packaging. In some cases it may be placed on a manual or other supporting literature. This will vary according to the specific regulations that apply to this product.
The following general rules apply when the UKCA mark is used:
1. The UKCA mark can only be affixed to the product by the manufacturer or authorised representative (where permitted by relevant laws)
2. When the UKCA mark is affixed, the enterprise shall take full responsibility for the product's compliance with the requirements of relevant regulations.
3. Enterprises can only use the UKCA mark to indicate that the product complies with relevant UK regulations;
4. Businesses must not place any marks or signs to third parties that may misinterpret the meaning or form of the UKCA mark;
5. Businesses must not affix other marks on products that would affect the visibility, legibility or meaning of the UKCA mark;
6. Unless the law has special requirements, the UKCA mark cannot be affixed on the product.
UK Declaration of Conformity
The "UK Declaration of Conformity" is a document that must be drafted for most products legally marked with the UKCA, in which the business or authorised representative (to the extent permitted by relevant laws) should:
A statement that the product complies with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the particular product;
Make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or authorised representative) and information about the product and conformity assessment body, if any.
Continue to use the CE mark
For some products, such as those with an EU-recognized notified body or a certificate of conformity from existing stock, CE marking will be accepted in the UK until 1 January 2022, after 1 January 2021 it will still be possible to carry the CE marking A CE marked product is deposited into the UK market, which normally requires UKCA marking, but has been fully manufactured by 31 December 2020 and is protected by a UK Certificate of Conformity.
Businesses will be able to use the CE marking until December 31, 2021 if they meet any of the following conditions:
1. The enterprise currently uses the CE mark on its goods according to the self-declaration;
2. Any mandatory third-party conformity assessment is carried out by a notified body recognized by the EU (including institutions in countries/regions that have entered into relevant mutual recognition agreements with the EU);
3. A certificate of conformity previously held by a UK accredited body has been handed over to an EU accredited notified body.
Frequently asked questions about Brexit and the new UKCA mark
1. What is UKCA?
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is a new UK product marking regulation that will be used in place of the CE mark in the UK market.
2. What is the current status of the implementation of the UKCA mark?
The UK has left the EU since the end of Brexit on 31st December 2020, the current transition period, from 1st January 2021, the UKCA mark can be used for products placed on the UK market, the UKCA mark will apply to the current CE marked Most items marked with restrictions.
The UKCA marking will be available from 1 January 2021 (thereby allowing manufacturers to mark their products with the UKCA marking (depending on the relevant assessments carried out)) to allow time for businesses to adjust to the use of CE marking within the scope of the UKCA Goods, products that meet EU requirements, can continue to be placed on the GB market until 1 January 2022, with EU and UK requirements remaining unchanged.
Excerpted from: CTC Chinese Business Testing
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