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 Published 01/08/23

This Morning (1st August 2023), the UK Government has stated that it intends to continue recognition of the CE mark indefinitely for most goods being placed on the market in Great Britain; this is a statement which revokes the previous mandatory requirement for the UKCA mark to be placed on applicable goods after December 2024.

Can the UKCA Mark Still be Used?

The UKCA mark is still valid and can still be applied to products, this undefined extension has made its application an optional extra with no particular benefits. Compliance with - and the affixing of - the CE mark alone will enable goods to be sold in Great Britain beyond 2024 just as they are in the EU. There remain some differences in selling in the two regions, for example the need for region-based representation, but the use of just the CE mark will mean that product’s safety compliance will be achieved.

This change will also have an effect on those goods requiring the use of an Approved Body and we will provide further information on this when information is available.

Which Regulations Does the Extension Effect?

This indefinite extension currently only applies to the eighteen Regulations that are administered by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), it is expected (given the changes that resulted following previous easements) that it may well be applied to other regulations in the coming months.

This extended recognition of the CE mark applies, at present, to the following Regulations: toys; pyrotechnics; recreational craft and personal watercraft; simple pressure vessels; electromagnetic compatibility; non-automatic weighing instruments; measuring instruments; measuring container bottles; lifts; equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX); radio equipment; pressure equipment; personal protective equipment (PPE); gas appliances; machinery; equipment for use outdoors; aerosols; and low voltage electrical equipment.

The following are not yet included in this latest easement but a statement, by the UK Government, could be communicated in due course on how these may be affected: medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products, marine equipment and ecodesign.

If you are unsure how this may affect your busines or want any advice please get in touch.


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