The UK Goverment has updated there lattest guidance on placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain.

As part of this a new UKCA Implemetation Guidance document has been issued to answer the many questions surrounding the UKCA mark and requirements.

CE marking for the GB market

Although UKCA is now recommened for all products sold in the UK you will be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2023 if any of the following apply:

  • you currently apply the CE marking to your good on the basis of self-declaration
  • any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognised notified body (including a body in a country with which the EU has a relevant mutual recognition agreement)
  • the certificate of conformity previously held by a UK approved body has been transferred to an EU-recognised notified body prior to 1 January 2021

You can only place CE marked goods that meet EU requirements on the market in Great Britain while UK and EU requirements are the same. This is currently the case and there are no UK plans to diverge at this time.

Nonetheless you are encouraged to be ready as soon as possible, and by 1 January 2023 at the latest. If the EU changes their rules and you CE mark your goods based on new EU rules which are different from the requirements in the UK, you will no longer be able to use the CE marking in the UK. This will be the case even if the change happens before 1 January 2023.

This guidance is about placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain (GB). Great Britain is England, Wales and Scotland.

There’s different guidance if you’re: