The UK government has confirmed that businesses will have an extra year to start using the new product safety marking – the UKCA mark.
Businesses who were expected to apply the UKCA mark by the 1st January 2022 will now have an additional year to apply the new safety product marking. This applies to most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales. This change applies to all goods where businesses were due to begin using the UKCA marking by the end of this year (2021).
The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking allows the UK to have control over its goods regulations, maintaining the high product safety standards expected in the UK. Businesses have been able to use the UKCA mark since 1 January 2021 to demonstrate their conformity with product standards in England, Scotland and Wales.
Recognising the impact of the pandemic, government announced on the 24th August that an extension to the 1st January 2022 deadline is now in place. To extend the deadline, the government will introduce a statutory instrument under section 8 of the European Union Withdrawal Act later this year.
Speaking on the changes HETAS Technical Standards Manager Calvin May comments:
HETAS has over recent months been part of the active campaign alongside other industries in highlighting the issues with the previous stringent deadlines proposed, and welcome the decision to allow our manufacturers additional time to ensure the effective measures can be put in place and continued compliance met.
For Northern Ireland, under the terms of the Protocol, Northern Ireland will continue to recognise the CE marking for goods placed on the market in Northern Ireland. They will need to use the UKNI marking if they use a UK Conformity Assessment Body to test their products.
Businesses must take action to ensure they are ready to apply UKCA marking by 1 January 2023, the final deadline. Get in touch with the HETAS Product Approval team to find out more about UKCA marking. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01684 278170. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will also be running a series of further webinars in the coming months.