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Guidance on using the new UKCA mark from 1 January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on 31 December 2020. This article provides guidance on what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021.

What is the UKCA mark?

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

Will I need to use the new UKCA marking?

Selling goods in Great Britain
The UKCA marking will apply to most goods currently subject to the CE marking.

From 1 January 2021 the technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – will be largely the same as they are now.

The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.

In some cases you will need to apply the new UKCA marking to goods being sold in Great Britain immediately from 1 January 2021. You are encouraged to be ready to use the UKCA marking as soon as possible before this date.

The CE marking will only be valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain even before 31 December 2021.

Check whether you will need to use the UKCA marking by reading the government guidance on placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain.

Selling goods in the EU

The UKCA marking will not be recognised on the EU market. Products currently requiring a CE marking will still need a CE marking for sale in the EU from 1 January 2021. Find out how to use the CE marking.

How to use the UKCA marking?

Placing the UKCA marking
In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to the packaging. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or on other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.

The following general rules apply:

UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation)
when attaching the UKCA marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation
you must only use the UKCA marking to show product conformity with the relevant UK legislation
you must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the UKCA marking to third parties
you must not attach other markings on the product which affect the visibility, legibility or meaning of the UKCA marking
the UKCA marking cannot be placed on products unless there is a specific requirement to do so in the legislation

For technical documentation requirements, please see the UK government website.

For further advice and support, contact RN Electronics / 01277 352219.

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