The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market, which require the CE marking or UK(NI) marking.Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021.
Find out if you will need to use the new UKCA marking and how to use it.
1.Check whether you will need to use the new UKCA marking
Selling goods in Great Britain. The UKCA marking will apply to most goods currently subject to the CE marking. It will also apply to aerosol products. From 1 January 2021 the technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – will be largely the same as they are now.
The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.
2.When to use the UKCA marking
You will need to use the new UKCA marking immediately after 1 January 2021 if all of the following apply. Your product:
•is for the market in Great Britain
•is covered by legislation which requires the UKCA marking
•requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment
•conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body and you haven’t transferred your conformity assessment files from your UK body to an EU recognised body before 1 January 2021
3.Placing the UKCA marking
In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to the packaging. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or on other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.
The following general rules apply:
•UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation)
•when attaching the UKCA marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation
•you must only use the UKCA marking to show product conformity with the relevant UK legislation
•you must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the UKCA marking to third parties
•you must not attach other markings on the product which affect the visibility, legibility or meaning of the UKCA marking
•the UKCA marking cannot be placed on products unless there is a specific requirement to do so in the legislation
• 不得在产品上附加影响 UKCA标记的可见性，易读性或含义的其他标记
4.Rules for using the UKCA image
You must make sure that:
•if you reduce or enlarge the size of your marking, the letters forming the UKCA marking must be in proportion to the version set out below
•the UKCA marking is at least 5mm in height – unless a different minimum dimension is specified in the relevant legislation
•the UKCA marking is easily visible, legible (from 1 January 2023 it must be permanently attached)
You, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation to demonstrate that your product conforms with the regulatory requirements. This must be kept for up to 10 years after the product is placed on the market. This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements.
In the document you as the manufacturer, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), should:declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product；make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant).
The information required on the Declaration of Conformity will be largely the same as what is currently required on an EU Declaration of Conformity. This can vary depending on the application legislation but generally should include:
On 1 January 2021 the UK standards will be the same in substance and with the same reference as the standards used in the EU. However, they will use the prefix ‘BS’ to indicate that they are standards adopted by the British Standards Institution as the UK’s national standards body.
Until 1 January 2023, for most goods (other than those subject to special rules) you have the option to affix the UKCA marking on a label affixed to the product or on an accompanying document. The economic operators (whether manufacturer, importer or distributor) should take reasonable steps to ensure the UKCA marking remains in place. Products that require the UKCA marking cannot be made available without it (other than where the CE marking is being used before 1 January 2022).
Construction products, medical devices, interoperability of the rail system and transportable pressure equipment are covered by the UKCA marking, however the above transitional measures are not applicable.