When is it acceptable to UKCA mark products in the UK?
The UKCA marking can be used from 1st January 2021. However, CE marking will continue to be accepted until the end of 2021. The UKCA mark must be applied from this date on products which requires a third-party UK conformity assessment, or if an approved UK body has carried out a conformity assessment and the files have not been transferred from the body to a recognised EU body before 1st January 2021.
When does the UKCA mark become mandatory?
From 1st January 2022 only products with the UKCA mark will be accepted in England, Wales and Scotland.
What products must use the UKCA mark?
Most products currently required to use CE marking will need to switch to UKCA marking by the end of 2021. You can check whether UKCA marking will be required for specific products here.
What are the requirements for Northern Ireland?
The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market, which require the CE marking or UKNI marking. The UKNI marking is not recognised in the EU market, if you are placing goods in the EU market, you must use the CE marking on its own.
How can I prepare for the UKCA marking?
If a product is required to change to UKCA marking, the manufacturer should contact an approved UKCA marking body who will be able to help them through this process.
As an approved body, we are here to help. Get in touch with us today to find out more.
Can I use the CE mark and UKCA mark on the same piece of equipment?
Yes, both marks can be applied to a single piece of equipment provided they meet the requirements of both.
Are approvals issued by the UK notified bodies and recognised third parties before the 31st December 2020 still valid to support CE marking for the Pressure Equipment Directive?
No, except for CE UK NI. You will need approval from a NoBo or RTPo in a member state.
What do I need to do if I need to CE mark my equipment?
In many cases, manufacturers need an independent body to provide third-party testing, inspection and certification throughout the manufacturing process. LRQA is a NoBo for several EU Directives and can provide independent certification for your products, you can access more information on how we can help here.
We don’t sell directly to Europe; we sell into the UK. If our equipment is placed into a system that is subsequently sent to Europe what do we need to do?
This is a contract between you and your customers, you may need to agree to dual mark CE and UKCA.
Can a EU27 Notified Body be used to approve manufacturers for UKCA marking?
No, only UK Conformity Assessment Body’s such as LRQA, can do this.
What other UK marks are available?
The ‘Pi’ mark is replaced by ‘Rho’ for the carriage of dangerous goods.
The wheel mark for MED is replaced by the MCA flag.
You can find a list of approved UK bodies here.
Frequently asked questions.
Answers to some common questions about the UKCA mark.