The new UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessment) is Great Britain’s product marking, which is to be the equivalent of CE marking, but only valid in Great Britain.
The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021 for a range of products being placed on the market in Great Britain. 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.
The new marking is applicable to most goods already subject to CE marking requirements as well as to some other categories. You can see the product categories here and further down the page.
In some cases, businesses will need to apply the new UKCA marking to goods being sold in Great Britain immediately from 1 January 2021. Follow the links below for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking
All other businesses that market and sell products in Great Britain are encouraged to be ready to use the UKCA marking as soon as possible before 1 January 2022.
You only need to use the new UKCA marking before 1 January 2022 if all of the following apply. Your product:
This does not apply to existing stock, for example if your good was fully manufactured, CE marked and ready to place on the market before 1 January 2021. In these cases, your good can still be sold in Great Britain with a CE marking even if covered by a certificate of conformity issued by a UK body before 1 January 2021.
Further information on the use of the UKCA mark can be found at:
The CE marking will continue in Northern Ireland, which will continue to be in line with the European single market with respect to trade in goods. Consequently, products to be placed on the UK market will need to bear the UKCA marking and the CE marking together.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) will continue to be involved in European and international standardization, and harmonized standards will remain best practice for both CE marking and UKCA marking. Regulations in the UK term these standards “designated standards”. In the start-up phase, harmonized and “designated standards” will be the same. On 1 January 2021, British standards will be the same as the standards used in the EU. However, they will have the prefix “BS” to indicate that they are standards adopted by BSI.
See guidance on location, size, etc., under “How to use the UKCA marking”:
· Download UKCA mark image files (fill) (ZIP, 818KB)
· Download UKCA mark image files (outline) (ZIP, 2.03MB)
The UK authorities designate “approved bodies” for purposes of UKCA marking on the same basis as the previously recognized notified bodies, i.e. through UKAS Accreditation (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) with exceptions such as medical devices under the MHRA. The competencies and processes required for the UKCA approved body status will essentially be the same as those for the former notified bodies. Learn more:
Simple pressure vessels
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Non-automatic weighing instruments
Personal protective equipment
Low voltage (electrical equipment)
RoHs (Limitation of hazardous substances)