The UK’s Brexit action has had an impact on the rules regarding product compliance for items imported and sold in the UK. The UK will now use its own mark, UKCA, to replace the EU’s CE compliance mark for certain categories of goods placed on the market. These categories include but are not limited to bikes, e-bikes, and a variety of helmet types.
With Brexit completed, the processes and compliance requirements for these products will remain essentially the same. The only difference: products will be required to carry a UKCA mark in place of the CE mark.
ACT Lab is here to help you understand these new requirements and navigate the certification process.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- After Jan 1, 2023*, the CE mark will no longer be accepted in the UK. The UKCA mark will not be recognized by EU member countries, so products must be labeled accordingly
- Bicycles and e-bikes will still be self-declared for UKCA compliance, as was the case with the CE mark
- PPE tests are still required to be reviewed by a notified body in order to receive the UKCA mark, as was the case with the CE mark
- In addition to applying the UKCA mark wherever necessary, manufacturers must also provide a Declaration of Conformity specific to the UK, similar to what is required for EU compliance to use the CE mark
Official government guidance for using the UKCA mark can be found here.
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*This article has been updated from its original form to reflect the UKCA deadline extension.