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UKCA mark deadline extended

04 October 2021

THE GOVERNMENT has announced that businesses  will have an additional year to apply  new product safety markings  for most  products placed  on the market in England, Scotland  and Wales.

The  UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking  allows  the UK to have control over its goods regulations, maintaining the high product safety standards expected in the UK.

Recognising the impact  of the  pandemic on businesses, the  government will extend  this  deadline to 1 January  2023 to apply UKCA  marks  for certain products to demonstrate compliance with product safety regulations, rather than 1 January 2022.

The UKCA marking  replaces the product safety labelling the UK previously used while a member of the EU, such as the CE mark.

The announcement follows the government’s extensive and ongoing engagement with business groups and reflects the issues businesses have raised, particularly given the impact of the pandemic.   

Businesses must take action to ensure they are ready to apply UKCA marking by 1 January 2023, the final deadline.

The government will continue to engage with manufacturers to ensure they understand what they need to do to get ready, including  through  a  new  series of webinars. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has already run several webinars in the last few months and engaged extensively through trade associations.