BSI (British Standards Institution) – Six months ahead: BSI issues reminder as UKCA deadline approaches
July 05, 2021
Six months before UKCA marking became a requirement, BSI sent a reminder to all manufacturers seeking to place relevant regulated products on the Great Britain (GB) market.
The UKCA mark will replace the traditional CE mark from January 1, 2022 and almost all products that previously required the CE mark will need to have the UKCA mark affixed by an approved body. CE marking will cease to be recognized for most products from January 1, 2022, however, marine equipment, medical devices and IVDs have been granted a bit longer.
Shahm Barhom, Group Product Certification Director at BSI, said: âWe are in a period of transition since we left the European Union on January 31, 2020; UKCA marking and CE marking have been accepted, but as of January 1, 2022 this will no longer be the case. Most products placed on the market in Britain will require UKCA marking from next year and the associated tests and certifications to support UKCA marking must be carried out by an approved body in the UK.
âWe are committed to helping our customers build resilience through this new regulatory landscape, but a significant number of manufacturers have yet to apply for UKCA marking. We urge all manufacturers who plan to sell their products in Britain next year to act now to avoid disrupting their supply chains. ”
David Reynolds, CTO of AGA Rangemaster, said: âThe transition has not been difficult as compliance testing remains largely unchanged for CE and UKCA marking. As a UK manufacturer of cookers and sinks, it was essential to obtain the UKCA mark for our products in order to eliminate the risk of disruption for customers. Affixing our products with the UKCA mark inspires confidence that there will be no interruptions that will affect customers in the future.
âThe technical expertise and knowledge of the standards and regulations displayed by BSI made it a smooth and easy process. ”
BSI has already issued over 1,000 UKCA certificates to manufacturers. Organizations certified by BSI to date can be viewed here in the BSI Verifeye directory.
Which products require UKCA marking?
Most of the products currently covered by CE marking regulations and directives will be covered by the UKCA marking.
I used a non-UK Notified Body for CE Marking / UKCA Marking. Do I have to work with an approved body in the UK for UKCA marking services?
Yes, UK regulations require the use of a UK approved body instead of the EU Notified Body used in EU regulations.
I want to sell my products in Northern Ireland, what different combinations of CE, UKCA and UKNI marks allow the products to be marketed in Northern Ireland?
For Northern Ireland, UKCA marking is not accepted. Acceptable grades are:
â¢ âCE Markingâ backed by an EU Notified Body (if applicable), or
â¢ “CE UKNI” mark backed by a UK Notified Body (if applicable)
For more information on this subject, BSI provides an information sheet that can be downloaded from the website website.
How long does it take to get a certificate?
It will depend on many factors – for example, the regulations that apply to your products, the number of products you manufacture and the number of manufacturing sites in which you operate. This process will be faster for products that are already CE marked, but there are a limited number of approved bodies, so we are asking manufacturers to act now to avoid disruption.
How long is the UKCA mark valid for?
UKCA marking has no time limit – it is a declaration made at one point in time. As with CE marking, some certificates required for UKCA may have time limits, for example GAR type examination certificates are valid for a maximum of ten years. This is also the case in British law.
How much does the UKCA mark cost?
It will depend on many factors – for example, the regulations that apply to your products, the number of products you manufacture and the number of manufacturing sites in which you operate.
Will the CE mark cease to be recognized on all products in Great Britain from January 1, 2022?
No, the deadlines are different for some products, such as medical devices, which have been granted a little longer, however for most products CE marking is only accepted until the end of 2021.
As an approved body, BSI can work with organizations on the required conformity assessment procedures that will enable them to affix the UKCA mark on the following products:
â¢ Construction products subject to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
â¢ Personal protective equipment (PPE)
â¢ Gas appliances
â¢ Pressure equipment
â¢ Lifts subject to the Lifts Directive
â¢ Marine equipment
â¢ Measuring instruments
â¢ Radio equipment
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