The new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking requirements came into force on the 1st of January 2021. This new product mark is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland).
For most electrical & electronic products that previously displayed the CE mark, the UKCA mark will be required. The essential requirements that must be met to use the UKCA mark will be largely the same as they were for CE marking.
From 1 January 2022, the CE mark will not be recognised in Great Britain for areas covered by UKCA marking.
Products bearing the CE mark would still be valid for sale in the UK so long as it was also UKCA marked and complied with the relevant UK rules.
Like the previous CE marking requirements, a UK Declaration of Conformity must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA mark.
The declaration will be based upon detailed product documentation, such as instructions, designs and test results. These details will be contained in a technical file which can be supplied, if requested by a market surveillance authority.
Self-declaration can still be made for Electrical Equipment (Safety) and Electromagnetic Compatibility regulations 2016, although these must be made based upon assessment.
This is a simple overview of the requirements; product marking requirements vary depending on product type, refer to the full regulations for more information.
- UKCA Regulations - UK Goverment website.: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking