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UK Announces Conformity Mark Replacing CE Mark

Certain U.S. products circulating in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2022 will require new conformity marking.

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is the UK’s new product mark for goods being sold in England, Wales, and Scotland. The UKCA came into effect from January 1, 2021. The new mark will cover most goods in England, Wales, and Scotland that formerly required a CE mark. For Northern Ireland, the UKCA mark cannot be used alone. Goods in Northern Ireland will additionally require a CE mark or a UK Northern Ireland (UKNI) mark. 

The UKCA technical requirements to meet, as well as the conformity assessment processes and standards to demonstrate conformity, are similar to those of CE marking. Though the UKCA came into effect from January 1, 2021, the CE mark will continue to be allowed (where the UK and European Union rules remain the same) until January 1, 2022 to give businesses time to adjust. Medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices will have until July 1, 2023 to comply.

The UKCA mark itself looks like this:

UK post Brexit replacement for Euro CE mark image

 

In many cases, the UKCA mark must be applied to the product or its packaging.  In some cases the UKCA mark can be placed on the product’s manual or supporting literature. Only the manufacturer or authorized representative may place the mark on a product.  By placing the mark, the manufacturer takes full responsibility for the product’s conformity with the relevant legislation. The mark must be easily visible and legible. Unless a different minimum legislation applies, the mark must be at least 5mm tall. Though the mark can be resized, it must retain its original aspect ratio.

For more information contact Office.London@trade.gov

03/29/2021