26 August 2021
The UK Government has announced an extension allowing the recognition of a product CE Mark in the UK until Jan 1, 2023, adding a year beyond its original January 2022 deadline, which would end its acceptance. This extension means that products can still be placed on the UK market displaying the current European CE mark instead of the new UKCA Mark that eventually will be required.
The UKCA Mark can be used and is recognised on products currently, with the UK Government encouraging businesses to adopt its use as soon as possible.
The Government website states:
You only need to use the new UKCA marking before 1 January 2023 if all of the following apply. Your product:
- is for the market in Great Britain
- is covered by legislation that requires the UKCA marking
- requires a mandatory third-party conformity assessment
- conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body
This does not apply to existing stock. For example, if your good was fully manufactured, CE marked and ready to place on the market before 1 January 2021. In these cases, your good can still be sold in Great Britain with a CE marking even if covered by a certificate of conformity issued by a UK body before 1 January 2021. However, these goods will need to be placed on the market before 31 December 2022.
The CE marking is only 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 based on those new rules, you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain, even before 31 December 2022.
For more information, visit the Gov.uk website.