“Government to continue to recognise the CE product marking in Great Britain for a further 2 years, allowing business to use either UKCA or CE markings”

Another 2 years to go.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps has announced on 14th November 2022 that Business will be given an additional 2 years to apply new product safety marking. This comes as great news for thousands of UK businesses as it lightens the load on their already burdened shoulders.

Weak economy, war in Ukraine, with high energy cost makes it impractical for businesses to scatter their resources to adapt new regulatory framework. Businesses will be allowed until 31 December 2024 to switch to UKCA marking, and in the meantime the CE marking will remain acceptable by the UK government for another 2 years. This means most existing products bearing CE marking will still be allowed to import to the UK, lowering cost for importers and businesses.

CE Mark
Source: www.gov.uk

Can I just ignore UKCA for now?

Bear in mind this is only an extending recognition of the CE marking. Although both CE marking and UKCA marking shared many similarities, UKCA will still be mandatory after 2 years.  A UKCA marking application via UKCA Conformity can easily take approximately 2 months, not counting the time it takes to prepare the data.

As there are different rules for different products like marine equipment, medical devices, construction equipment, etc., to maintain your position in or expand into the UK market, UKCA Marking conformity should be incorporated into your strategic plan, and it is best to keep a watchful eye on future government announcement for any future changes.

If you have any questions or doubts with UK import/export, please feel free to contact our team anytime. We will be happy to answer any questions and offer ease for your business during this transition.

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