United Kingdom - Country Commercial Guide
Labeling/Marking Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.

Last published date: 2021-09-22

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is a new UK product marking that is 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, known as ‘new approach’ goods.  The UKCA marking came into effect on January 1, 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until January 1, 2023 in most cases.

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 UKCA marking must be clearly visible and legible when you affix it to the product. If this is not possible, you must attach it to the packaging (if any) or accompanying documents.

UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative.  When affixing 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 demonstrate 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.  A product may have additional markings and marks, as long as they:
  • fulfil a different function from that of the UKCA marking
  • are not likely to cause confusion with the UKCA marking
  • do not reduce the legibility and visibility of the UKCA marking

The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market. For more information, please read the UK’s guidance on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market.

The guidance provided by UKCA explains how to use appropriate marking. For further information on placing goods on the UK market, the UK government publishes comprehensive guidance on the web.

There is separate guidance for medical devices, rail interoperability, construction products, and civil explosives.