UKCA for CE Marking in the UK?

UKCA marking: What happened to product environmental compliance since the United Kingdom left the European Union?

What is the CE Marking?

CE marking IEC 63000

The CE marking is a mark that indicates that a product conforms to environmental, health, and safety regulations put in place by the European Union (EU). Manufacturers must affix it to a product before they may sell it within the EU.

For example, under EU RoHS, the CE marking applies to most electrical and electronic products.

Brexit and the UKCA Mark

UKCA label UK CE marking

In January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the European Union (EU). Consequentially, the UK left the European single market, meaning it would be free to decide its own regulations surrounding trade.
Thus, the UK created its counterpart to the CE marking, called the UKCA marking, to be used specifically for products entering the UK market.
The EU will continue to use the CE marking.

What is the UKCA Marking?

On February 2nd, 2019, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published the UKCA guidance to clarify the new rules and aid producers in complying with the new standards.

According to this official publication, the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new mark that should replace the CE logo on your products entering Great Britain, operating under certain conditions. It came into effect on January 1st, 2021.

Various obligations, like UK RoHS, require the UKCA marking.

On a side note, other product environmental requirements like UK REACH, don’t specify labeling.

UK RoHS Brexit

Crucial Clarification Regarding Great Britain

It is vital to note that Great Britain includes England, Wales, and Scotland, but not Northern Ireland. Therefore, manufacturers must follow different regulations for goods introduced to the North Ireland market.

Construction products, civil explosives, rail interoperability, and medical devices may also have separate guidelines.

When should I use the UKCA marking?

The CE marking can still be used in the UK until December 31st, 2024, to give companies time to implement the new regulations. After that, the UKCA marking must be present when placing goods on the Great Britain market. These goods include, among others, electronics, electrical equipment, toys, and aerosols.

According to regulations, manufacturers may have both the UKCA and the CE marking affixed to the same product.

UKCA or CE label symbol?

Third-Party Conformity Agreement and Self-Declaration

Fortunately, the assessment rules remain similar to the CE marking ones. If a third-party conformity agreement was mandatory for products marked with the CE logo, it is also the case for those with the UKCA logo. Furthermore, you can use a self-declaration of conformity under the same circumstances as the CE marking.

How Do I Use the UKCA Marking?

The rules for affixing the UKCA marking are the same as those for the CE marking.

Different products have different regulations when it comes to applying the UKCA marking. Generally, companies must place it directly on the product or its packaging. Sometimes, they may affix it to accompanying manuals.

The marking must be:

  • At least 5mm tall
  • In its proper proportions
  • Visible and easy to read
  • Only used when required by legislation

 

Finally, don’t forget that you must prepare a Declaration of Conformity for most goods that require a marking. The UKCA guidelines recommend keeping a separate Declaration for the EU and UK.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Enviropass.