United Kingdom – UKCA Mark

Starting from January 1, 2023, it will become mandatory to affix the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark for placing goods on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), replacing the CE marking.

With Brexit and the UK's exit from the EU, the obligation of the UKCA mark is introduced for most products, such as machinery, medical devices, electrical and electronic products.

This mark is recognized only within the Great Britain market; therefore, all products intended for the EU market must continue to bear the CE marking. Hence, a product destined for both markets must carry both the CE and UKCA markings.

The UKCA mark signifies that the product complies with all UK legislative requirements and that conformity assessment procedures meet British Standards.

What are the timelines?

The UKCA mark has been in effect since January 1, 2021, for all new products placed on the UK market. However, it will become mandatory from January 1, 2023.

The transition period for most products bearing the CE marking will end on December 31, 2022. From January 1, 2023, the UK will no longer recognize the CE marking, and there will be a requirement to affix the UKCA mark on the packaging (or on the product data plate) alongside the CE marking. Starting from January 1, 2024, it will become mandatory on the product (permanently attached, i.e., on an indelible label) with the CE marking no longer present.

The above does not apply to existing product stocks, meaning products ready for market entry before January 1, 2022. In this case, the product can still be marketed in Great Britain with the CE marking, accompanied by a certificate of conformity issued by a notified body established in the UK.

AP Engineering is capable of supporting you for safe exports to the UK, complying with applicable regulations for all product categories: machinery, equipment, electrical and electronic products, medical devices.