UKCA Implementation Delayed Until 1 January 2023

On 24 August 2021, the UK Government announced that businesses will have an extra year to start using the UKCA marking, the new product safety marking in the UK. This applies to all goods where businesses were due to begin using the UKCA marking by the end of this year (2021).

In response to the impact of the pandemic on businesses, the UK Government has extended the deadline to 1 January 2023 to apply UKCA marks for certain products to demonstrate compliance with product safety regulations, rather than 1 January 2022. This gives businesses more time to meet their legal obligations given the continued impact of the pandemic, providing clarity and certainty.

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking allows the UK to have control over its goods regulations, maintaining the high product safety standards expected in the UK. The UKCA marking replaces the product safety labelling the UK previously used while a member of the EU, such as the CE mark. Businesses must take action to ensure they are ready to apply UKCA marking by 1 January 2023, the final deadline.

Preparing for UKCA

1. On-demand webinar: UKCA and CE Mark Practical Guidance for Manufacturers

2. Understanding the UKCA Mark and the Future of CE Marking

3. To find out what labelling requirements apply to your product, the Office for Product Safety and Standards has produced guidance for businesses: Product safety for businesses: A to Z of industry

Element provides testing, certification and approved body services in support of UKCA. Please contact us if you have any questions or need help in meeting your UKCA marking needs.

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