Updated guidance from the UK government’s; Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released on September 1, 2020. The new guidance gives us information on how and who needs the UKCA mark from January 1, 2021. Reading and understanding this information is important, DBIC has included some main takeaways for you. The guidance provides further details on what to expect in the event no deal is reached at the end of the year. Stay updated on all the lasted UK and UKCA information releases here at DBIC.
One of the most important takeaway’s in the new guidance, for manufacturers with DBIC approved products, is that you will not be required to have the UKCA mark on day one and will be able to continue using the CE marking in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) until 31 December 2021. The guidance clearly states that if your product requires third-party conformity assessment and it was carried out by an EU recognized notified body that you will be able to continue using the CE mark until the end of 2021.
“You need to use a conformity mark if you’re placing certain goods on the UK market. Before 1 January 2021 you can do this using the CE mark or other appropriate mark (such as the wheel marking or Pi mark). From 1 January 2021, the UKCA mark will be the conformity assessment marking for Great Britain for most goods currently subject to CE marking. The CE marking will be accepted in the UK until 1 January 2022 for certain products. You must be ready to use the UKCA marking from 1 January 2022 at the latest, although you should look to use the UKCA marking as soon as possible.”
It is important, as mentioned above, that you are ready for full implementation of these new UK certification scheme’s as soon as possible after January 2021. As DBIC UK operations get underway we will be with you as you adjust to the new requirements.
A second important takeaway is for business’ outside the EU which are required to have an authorised representatives and responsible persons based in the EU. If these person are based in the EU they will no longer be recognised in Great Britain from 1 January 2021. If you need to (or choose to) use an authorised representative or responsible person, they will need to be based in the UK for products being placed on the GB market.
As always, we will keep you updated on these negotiations as they develop.
DBI Certification Staff