techUK is pleased the government will recognise CE Marking as valid for the UK market for 1 year when the UK exits the Transition Period, and believes this is good news for the manufacturers and users of technology products that underpin so much of our daily lives.
For those not lucky enough to be in the know, CE Marking is the label that says a product can be legally sold in the EU, and BEIS has been working on post-Brexit regulatory options to replace this when we leave the single market. They have settled on a ‘UKCA’ (UK Conformity Assessment) Marking regime that mirrors CE Marking, but members had concerns over how they could implement such a major change in a very short period of time.
Therefore the new guidance documents (all accessible here with more on the way) are very welcome indeed as they remove the real risk of a cliff edge moment in January where many pieces of tech equipment could not legally be sold in the UK. By giving businesses the time and breathing space to implement the required changes, we’re confident that tech products will continue to flow and main points from the guidance documents are listed below:
- CE Marking will be valid for the UK until 1 January 2022.
- UKCA Marking will become mandatory from 1 January 2022.
- UKCA Marking can be used before that date.
- A UK based Declaration of Conformity will be required if UKCA marking is applied.
- UKCA marking may be on a label / accompanying document until 1 January 2023.
- EU Notified Bodies are recognised until 1st January 2022.
Members should not rest easy though. 2022 will arrive swiftly enough and businesses should use this hard-won time to really understand the new obligations and adapt supply chains to be ready to use the UKCA marking from 2022 (and 2023 when it needs to be permanently affixed to a product). techUK stands ready to support members with this and is holding a webinar with BEIS on Thursday 3 September to help explain the guidance documents.
To register for the webinar or to learn more about how techUK supports tech companies with compliance and market access, get in touch using the details below.