Supply of Machinery Safety Regulation

Supply of Machinery Safety Regulation

Introduction

The Statutory Instrument 2008 No 1597 Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulation 2008 The Regulations set out the requirements that must be met before machinery can be placed on the GB market or put into service. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure safe machinery is placed on the market or put into service by requiring manufacturers to show how their machinery meet the ‘essential health and safety requirements’.

The regulation covers a wide range of machinery defined as: "an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, with the appropriate actuators, control, and power circuits, etc. joined together for a specific application, in particular for the processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material."

The regulation applies both to machinery for use by workers at work and to machinery for use by consumers or providing a service to consumers, i.e. where the consumer either uses the item or would be directly affected by any defect. In general, the design and construction of machinery must take account of the intended use.

The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulation applies to the following products:
Machinery, describe as;

(i) an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort, consisting of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, and which are joined together for a specific application
(ii) an assembly as referred to in subparagraph
(i), missing only the components to connect it on-site or to sources of energy and motion
(iii) an assembly as referred to in subparagraph
(i) or (ii), ready to be installed and able to function as it stands only if mounted on a means of transport, or installed in a building or structure
(iv) assemblies of machinery as referred to in sub-paragraphs (i), (ii) and (iii) or partly completed machinery, which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole
(v) an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves and which are joined together, intended for lifting loads and whose only power source is directly applied human effort

Interchangeable equipment describe as;

Devices which, after the putting into service of machinery or of a tractor, are assembled with that machinery or tractor by operators themselves in order to change its function or attribute a new function, in so far as they are not tools

Safety components describe as;

(i) which serve to fulfil a safety function
(ii) which are independently placed on the market
(iii) the failure or malfunction of which endangers the safety of persons; and
(iv) which are not necessary in order for the machinery to function, or for which other components which do not fall within the previous sub-paragraphs may be substituted in order for the machinery to function

Lifting accessories describe as;

(i) are not attached to lifting machinery
(ii) allow a load to be held
(iii) are placed between the machinery and the load or on the load itself, or are intended to constitute an integral part of the load; and
(iv) are independently placed on the market

Chains, ropes, and webbing describe as;

Designed and constructed for lifting purposes as part of lifting machinery or lifting accessories

Removable mechanical transmission devices describe as;

Removable components for transmitting power between self-propelled machinery or a tractor and another machine by joining them at the first fixed bearing (when such components are placed on the market with a guard the components and the guard together shall be regarded as one product)

Partly completed machinery describe as;

Drive systems and other assemblies which;

(a) are almost machinery
(b) cannot in themselves perform a specific application; and
(c) are only intended to be incorporated into or assembled with other machinery or other partly completed machinery or equipment, thereby forming machinery.

The following are excluded from the scope of this Regulation:

(a) safety components intended to be used as spare parts to replace identical components and supplied by the manufacturer of the original machinery;
(b) specific equipment for use in fairgrounds and/or amusement parks;
(c) machinery specially designed or put into service for nuclear purposes which, in the event of failure, may result in an emission of radioactivity;
(d) weapons, including firearms;
(e) the following means of transport:
• agricultural and forestry tractors, with the exclusion of machinery mounted on these vehicles,
• motor vehicles and their trailers relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers (1), with the exclusion of machinery mounted on these vehicles,
• vehicles covered relating to the type-approval of two or three-wheel motor vehicles, with the exclusion of machinery mounted on these vehicles,
• motor vehicles exclusively intended for competition, and
• means of transport by air, on water and on rail networks with the exclusion of machinery mounted on these vehicles,
(f) seagoing vessels and mobile offshore units and machinery installed onboard such vessels and/or units;
(g) machinery specially designed and constructed for military or police purposes;
(h) machinery specially designed and constructed for research purposes for temporary use in laboratories
(i) mine winding gear;
(j) machinery intended to move performers during artistic performances;
(k) electrical and electronic products falling within the following areas, insofar as they
are covered by Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulation 2016 relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits:
• household appliances intended for domestic use,
• audio and video equipment,
• information technology equipment,
• ordinary office machinery,
• low-voltage switchgear and control gear,
• electric motors;
(l) the following types of high-voltage electrical equipment:
• switchgear and control gear,
• transformers.

It should be noted that section 1.5.1 of Annex 2 to the machinery Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations. Thus, whilst machinery with an electrical supply, which is not in any of the categories listed in Schedule 3(1) (k) of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, shall fulfil the safety objectives of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations, the manufacturer’s UK Declaration of Conformity shall not refer to the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations but to the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations

Article 2 – Definitions

Approved Body – A conformity assessment body which has been approved by the Secretary of State or was previously a UK based ‘notified body’ before 1 January 2021.

Authorised Representative – A person appointed in writing by a manufacturer to perform specific tasks for the manufacturer. From 1 January 2021, authorised representatives for the GB market must be based in the UK.

Declaration of conformity – A document prepared by the manufacturer which must detail, among other things, the following:
a. The business name and full address of the manufacturer and, where appropriate, the manufacturer’s authorised representative
b. A description and identification of the machinery, including generic denomination, function, model, type, serial number and commercial name.

Designated standard – A technical specification which is adopted by a recognised standardisation body or which is designated by the Secretary of State.

Enforcement Authority – In Great Britain, for machinery in use in the workplace, this is the Health and Safety Executive. For products for consumer use, this is local trading standards authorities or the Secretary of State. In Great Britain, in relation to machinery for use on railways, it is the duty of the Office of Rail Regulation to enforce these Regulations.

Manufacturer – A person who designs or manufactures machinery or partly completed machinery, with a view to its being placed on the GB market under their own name or trademark or for their own use in the UK; or where there is no such person, the person who places the machinery or partly completed machinery on the GB market or puts it into service.

Putting into service/Placing on the market – References to placing machinery or partly completed machinery on the market are references to making it available in GB:
a. for the first time
b. with a view to distribution; and
c. whether for reward or free of charge. References to putting any machinery or partly completed machinery into service are references to the first time that it is used for its intended purpose in GB.

Responsible Person – The manufacturer or their authorised representative, or the person placing the product on the GB market or putting the product into service in GB.

Safe – Machinery that, when properly installed and maintained, and used for the purposes for which it is intended, or under conditions which can be reasonably foreseen does not endanger the health of, or result in death or injury to, any person or domestic animal or endanger property.

UKCA Marking – The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK conformity marking used for certain goods being placed on the GB market, in place of the CE marking which is the conformity marking used in Northern Ireland and the European Union.

UKNI Marking (also known as the UK(NI) indication) – The UKNI marking is a new marking applied in addition to the CE marking, where a good requiring mandatory third-party conformity assessment has been tested against EU requirements by a UK body. The UKNI marking applies when placing such products on the Northern Ireland market. Under the Government’s unfettered access commitments, products lawfully marked with the UKNI marking can also be placed on the GB market if they are also qualifying Northern Ireland goods.

Obligations of Manufacturer’s

A manufacturer is a person who manufactures the equipment, or has machinery designed or manufactured, and markets that equipment under their name or trademark.

The obligations of manufacturers of machinery include:

1. Before placing machinery on the GB market, the manufacturer must ensure that the machinery has been designed and manufactured in accordance with the principal elements of the safety objectives. These are set out in Schedule 2 to the Regulations. Manufacturers must also have a relevant conformity assessment procedure carried out and technical documentation is drawn up.
2. Once this has been done, the manufacturer must draw up a declaration of conformity, and affix the UKCA marking visibly, legibly and indelibly to the equipment. Where this is not possible or warranted because of the nature of the machinery, the UKCA marking must be affixed on the packaging and accompanying documents. In any event, until 31 December 2022, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label or a document accompanying the machinery.
3. Qualifying Northern Ireland goods can be placed on the GB market with the CE and CE UKNI conformity markings.
4. Manufacturers must store the technical documentation and the declaration of conformity for 10 years in the UK after the machinery has been placed on the GB market and make them available for inspection to the market surveillance authority.
5. Manufacturers must also label the machinery with their name, registered trade name or registered trademark and address; the type batch or serial number (or other identification); and ensure that it is accompanied by instructions which are clear, legible and in easily understandable English.
6. Manufacturers must ensure that procedures are in place for series production to remain in conformity with Part 3 of the 2016 Regulations. In doing so, they must take account of any changes in machinery design or characteristics, and any change in a designated standard or in another technical specification by reference to which the UK Declaration of Conformity was drawn up.
7. Manufacturers must, when appropriate with regard to any risk posed to consumers, carry out sample testing of machinery they have placed on the GB market and must investigate any complaints that the machinery is not in conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations and keep records of these complaints.
8. Manufacturers must take action where they have reason to believe that the machinery they have placed on the GB market is not in conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations; where the machinery presents a risk, the manufacturer must immediately inform the market surveillance authority.
9. Manufacturers must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities, such as local trading standards authorities, following any reasoned requests within 10 years of placing the equipment on the market.

Manufacturers based in Northern Ireland can follow the legislation as it applies to Northern Ireland and place qualifying Northern Ireland goods on the GB market without any additional approvals. However, they will also have to comply with the importer labelling duties (see obligations of importers).

Obligations of Authorised Representatives

Manufacturers are able by written mandate to appoint authorised representatives to perform certain tasks on their behalf.

Mandated authorised representatives for the GB market can be based in GB or Northern Ireland but after 1 January 2021 cannot be based outside the UK. A manufacturer can only mandate an authorised representative established in the UK under the Regulations as they apply in GB.

No GB-based authorised representatives are recognised under EU law to carry out tasks on the manufacturer’s behalf for machinery being placed on the EU market. This means that GB based authorised representatives cannot carry out tasks on the manufacturer’s behalf for machinery being placed on the Northern Ireland or EEA markets. Therefore, a GB manufacturer selling machinery to the EEA or into Northern Ireland, who wishes to appoint an authorised representative to carry out tasks for them in respect of that machinery, must appoint an authorised representative based in Northern Ireland or the EEA.

An authorised representative must comply with the duties imposed on the manufacturer, in particular, regulation 7 (retention of technical documentation) and regulation 13 (provision of information and cooperation), as well as perform other tasks which the mandate appoints them to perform.

The manufacturer remains responsible for the proper performance of any duties the authorised representative performs on their behalf.

Any references in the 2016 Regulations to the manufacturer are to be taken to include a reference to the authorised representative including in relation to penalties for failure to comply with those duties

Obligations of importers

An importer is a person or business based in the UK who places machinery on the GB market from a country outside the UK. This means that UK businesses which used to act as a ‘distributor’ before the end of the transition period legally become an ‘importer’ if they place products from an EEA country on the GB market.

This includes machinery that is supplied to NI businesses from the EEA and then placed on the GB market. In this instance the NI business will take on importer obligations for EEA-supplied goods that are placed on the GB market

Importers have additional legal obligations which go beyond those of distributors, such as checking that manufacturers have carried out the right conformity assessment procedures and including their (the importer’s) name, registered trade name or mark and a postal address on the equipment or, where this is not possible, on its packaging or in accompanying documentation.

To assist with the transition, the UK is applying a transitional period ending on 31 December 2022 to allow UK distributors of goods from the EEA or Switzerland who become importers into the GB market to provide their details on the packaging or in accompanying documentation as an alternative to placing them on the machinery itself (even if it is otherwise possible to affix it to the machinery itself). This applies to goods that are not qualifying Northern Ireland goods.

Can you be contacted easily if there is a problem?

A key principle underpinning product safety, for the benefit of consumers and regulators, is traceability of a product back to its source.

In recognition that under the new regulatory regime you may have the new status of an importer when placing goods from an EEA state on the GB market for the first time, you may provide your contact details by a document that accompanies the product. This will be allowed until 31 December 2022.

We understand that there may be a period of adjustment to the new arrangements for importer documentation for the GB market, and it may be difficult to provide your details on documentation accompanying each and every individual product.

You may therefore use an alternative method where, for example, your contact information is on a document accompanying a batch of products. This document would then follow each batch of products through the distribution chain. Your contact details must follow each product through the distribution chain, but not necessarily by one document per product. Ultimately, the end-user, each distributor (and a regulator) must be able to access the information.

Methods which enable traceability of the machinery after the initial batch has been broken up could include:

• The importer address is present in shipping documents.
• The importer address is present on the invoice to the GB customer.
• The importer address is present on the label that is on the outer packaging (“shipper”) in which a number of finished goods are packed (normally customers will receive shippers unless the order is very small so that the shipper has to be opened and split).
• The importer address is included on the EU Declaration of Conformity and/or UK Declaration of Conformity (whichever is relevant for the product in question).

The EU does not have any such transitional provision. In the absence of this, equipment being sold from GB to NI or the EU must be labelled with the NI or EU-based importer’s address. For further detail about placing on the NI market please see:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/product-safety-and-metrology-from-1-January-2021-northernireland

The obligations of importers in the UK include:

1. Before placing machinery on the GB market, the importer must ensure that it is in conformity with the principal elements of the safety objectives and that the obligations in the 2016 Regulations have been met. If the machinery presents a risk, the importer must inform the manufacturer and the market surveillance authority of that risk.
2. The importer must ensure that the relevant conformity assessment has been carried out by the manufacturer; the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation; the manufacturer has affixed the UKCA marking, to the equipment and has drawn up the declaration of conformity. Until 31 December 2022, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label affixed to, or a document accompanying, the machinery; this applies even where it would otherwise be possible to affix the UKCA marking to the equipment
3. The importer must keep a copy of the declaration of conformity and technical documentation for a period of 10 years after the machinery has been placed on the GB market.
4. The importer must provide their name, registered trade name and a postal address at which they can be contacted on the machinery or on its packaging or in an accompanying document.
5. The importer must ensure that equipment is accompanied by instructions which are in easily understandable English
6. The importer must, when appropriate with regard to any risk posed to consumers, carry out testing of machinery they have placed on the GB market and investigate complaints about the machinery that is not in conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations and keep a register of those complaints
7. The importer must take action where they have reason to believe that the machinery they have placed on the GB market is not in conformity with the legal requirements of the 2016 Regulations.
8. The importer must ensure that while machinery is under their responsibility, its storage and transport conditions do not jeopardise its conformity with the essential health and safety requirements.
9. The importer must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities following any requests.

Qualifying Northern Ireland goods complying with the legislation as it applies in Northern Ireland, including affixing the CE marking, may also be placed on the GB market.

Obligations of distributors

UK businesses that were distributors of machinery within the EU single market should now consider whether they are importers from the EU single market and therefore what additional responsibilities they may have. The same applies to distributors of goods from the EEA and Switzerland. A distributor is any person, other than the manufacturer or importer, who makes machinery available on the GB market.

The obligations of distributors include:

1. When making machinery available on the GB market, the distributor must act with due care to ensure that it is in conformity with the principal elements of the safety objectives and that the obligations in the 2016 Regulations have been met.
2. Where a distributor considers that the machinery is not in conformity with the principal elements of the safety objectives, they must not make the machinery available on the GB market until it has been brought into conformity.
3. Before making machinery available on the GB market, the distributor must verify that the machinery bears the UKCA marking; is accompanied by the required instructions and safety information; and that the importer and manufacturer have complied with their obligations as to required labelling. The distributor must take action where they have reason to believe that the machinery that they have made available on the GB market is not in conformity with the 2016 Regulations. Until 31 December 2022, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label affixed to, or a document accompanying, the equipment.
4. The distributor must also cooperate with and provide information to enforcing authorities following any requests.

General Principles

The responsible person must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery. The machinery must then be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment.

By the iterative process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to above, the responsible person shall:

1. Determine the limits of the machinery, which include the intended use and any reasonably foreseeable misuse thereof
2. Identify the hazards that can be generated by the machinery and the associated hazardous situations
3. Estimate the risks, taking into account the severity of the possible injury or damage to health and the probability of its occurrence
4. Evaluate the risks, with a view to determining whether risk reduction is required; and
5. Eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks associated with these hazards by application of protective measures, in the order of priority established in section 1.1.2(b) of Annex I to Directive 2006/42/EC as set out in Schedule 2 to the 2008 Regulations.

The obligations laid down by the essential health and safety requirements only apply when the corresponding hazard exists for the machinery in question when it is used under the conditions foreseen by the responsible person or in foreseeable abnormal situations. In any event, the principles of safety integration referred to in section 1.1.2 of Annex I to Directive 2006/42/EC as set out in Schedule 2 to the 2008 Regulations and the obligations concerning marking of machinery and instructions referred to in sections 1.7.3 and 1.7.4 of Annex I to Directive 2006/42/EC as set out in Schedule 2 to the 2008 Regulations apply.

The essential health and safety requirements are mandatory. However, taking into account the state of the art, it may not be possible to meet the objectives set by them. In that event, the machinery must, as far as possible, be designed and constructed with the purpose of approaching these objectives.

The list of essential requirements is organised into several sections. The first section has a general scope and is applicable to all kinds of machinery. The other sections refer to certain kinds of more specific hazards. Nevertheless, it is essential to examine the whole of the list in order to be sure of meeting all the applicable essential requirements. When machinery is being designed, the requirements of the general section and the requirements of one or more of the other sections shall be taken into account, depending on the results of the risk assessment carried out in accordance with the opening paragraph of these General Principles.

Mandatory Safety Requirements

The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations lays down the conditions to which Machinery should meet before being UKCA Marked and placed on the market;

All Machinery should be design and constructed taking into account good engineering practice in relation to safety matters. This means that the Machinery must be designed and manufactured according to the state of the art. (i.e. latest published standard)

Designed and constructed to conform with the principal elements of the safety objectives These are the mandatory safety provisions, which Machinery must comply with in order to be allowed onto the GB market.

Machinery must not pose a danger to health and safety of persons, domestic animals or damage to property when properly installed, maintained and used as intended by the manufacturer.

As the Supply Machinery (Safety) Regulations places the responsibility to perform conformity assessment on the manufacturer: the manufacturer performs the conformity assessment and documents the assessment in his own right.

If you are a manufacturer, you have to follow these 7 steps to ensure compliance to the UKCA marking requirements:

1. Identify the applicable regulation(s) and designated standards
2. Verify product specific requirements
3. Identify whether an independent conformity assessment (by a notified body) is necessary
4. Test the product and check its conformity
5. Draw up and keep available the required technical documentation storing a copy in the UK if an importer
6. Affix the UKCA marking and draw up the UK Declaration of Conformity.
7. Ensure that procedures are in place for series production to remain in conformity with the applied regulation(s). "Changes in product design or characteristics and changes in the designated standards the international or national standards, or in other technical specifications by reference to which conformity of Machinery is declared shall be adequately taken into account".

Standard requirements

Standards have been defined as "an agreed, repeatable way of doing something". Normally they are published documents containing technical information to guide or define practice in a consistent way, and are used by designers and manufacturers of products to establish conformity.

Standards are valuable tools that can help your business to:

• ensure the quality and safety of products and/or services
• achieve compatibility between products and/or components
• access markets and sell to customers in other countries
• satisfy your customers’ expectations and requirements
• reduce costs, eliminate waste and improve efficiency
• comply with relevant legislation including other regulations identified
• gain knowledge about new technologies and innovations

Knowing which standards to use, and how to apply them in the correct way, is vital for the success of your business. It is also important to understand how standards contribute to the regulatory process.

Most Designated Standards require the manufacturer to conduct a level of testing to ensure the product meets the requirements of the standard and how to document this for the technical file

Identify the applicable Regulations and designated standards

When developing any product you first need to identify the mandatory regulations in the region you wish to place your product on the market, this can be achieved by reviewing the government websites, I know this is not easy and time consuming, but this is where we can help. Note; If a regulation quotes a standard then that standard becomes mandatory too, but in the majority of cases standards are voluntary.

In the UK regulations state that a product is safe if it meets all essential safety requirements under UK law. If there are no regulations or designated standards, the product's compliance is determined according to other reference documents such as international standards, commission recommendations, codes of practice. This is most useful when supplying a new state of the art product on the market.

In accordance with Supply Machinery (Safety) Regulations Machinery which is in conformity with designated standards or parts thereof, the references of which have been published in the Official Journal of the UK.GOV site, is to be presumed to be in conformity with the essential safety objectives.

Verify product specific requirements

Unfortunately, there is only one way a manufacturer can hand on heart say that is product meets a particular standard(s) and that's to conduct or have conducted a clause by clause assessment against the applicable designated standards used to demonstrate compliance listed in the official journal, always remembering that additional regulations may need to be considered like Electrical Safety, EMC and RoHS. Note; if you use an international standard, an industrial standard which is not in the official journal you will be required to show how you have addressed the essential safety requirements in Schedule I of the regulations

Technical documentation

The manufacturer shall ensure compliance of the manufactured Machinery with the technical documentation, (think! Quality Plan)

The documentation shall make it possible to assess the Machinery conformity to the relevant requirements, and shall include an adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s). The technical documentation shall specify the applicable requirements and cover, as far as relevant for the assessment, the design, manufacture, and operation of the Machinery.

The technical documentation shall, where applicable, contain at least the following elements:

• a design risk assessment to ISO 12100:2010 the risk assessment demonstrating the procedure followed, including:
• a list of the safety objectives which apply to the equipment,
• the description of the protective measures implemented to eliminate identified hazards or to reduce risks and, when appropriate, the indication of the residual risks associated with the Machinery,
• a general description of the Machinery,
• conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits, etc.;
• descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes and the operation of the Machinery;
• an assessment of standards and other technical specifications applied, indicating the safety objectives covered by these standards if not using a designate standard, otherwise a clause by clause assessment of the designated standards use.
• any technical report giving the results of the tests carried out either by the manufacturer or by a body chosen by the manufacturer or his authorised representative,
• a copy of the instructions for the Machinery,
• a copy of the EC declaration of conformity;
• for series manufacture, the internal measures that will be implemented to ensure that the Machinery remains in conformity with the provisions of the applied regulations.
• The original manufacturer’s instructions necessary for identification, transport, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning and disposal of the Machinery shall be documented

Affix the UKCA Mark

In most cases, the manufacturer 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.

The following general rules apply:

• UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation)
• when attaching the UKCA marking, the manufacturer takes full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation
• the manufacturer must only use the UKCA marking to show product conformity with the relevant UK legislation
• the manufacturer must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the UKCA marking to third parties
• the manufacturer 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

UK Declaration of Conformity

The UK Declaration of Conformity is a document which must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking.
In the document you as the manufacturer, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), should:

• declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
• make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant)

The UK Declaration of Conformity should be available to market surveillance authorities on request.

The information required on the Declaration of Conformity is largely the same as what was required on an EU Declaration of Conformity.

This can vary depending on the applicable legislation but generally should include:

• your name and full business address or that of your authorised representative
• the product’s serial number, model or type identification
• a statement, stating you take full responsibility for the product’s compliance
• the details of the approved body which carried out the conformity assessment procedure (if applicable)
• the relevant legislation with which the product complies
• your name and signature
• the date the declaration was issued
• supplementary information (if applicable)

You will need to list:

• relevant UK legislation (rather than EU legislation)
• UK designated standards rather than standards cited in the Official Journal of the European Union

The UK standards are currently the same in substance and with the same reference as the standards used in the EU.

HOW WE CAN HELP:

Our customers contact us because they need help and advice on how to apply the UKCA or CE Mark to their products.

The CE Marking Authority have a positive attitude and approach regulatory compliance by looking at the opportunities rather than seeing them as an inconvenience and meddling with your practices. We specialise in staying ahead of the game by using our technical knowledge (skills) conducting the necessary assessments to help our clients demonstrate their technical files meet the requirements of the regulations

Our expert team is here to help you meet the UKCA and CE Marking the requirements

• Free initial consultation to assess your requirements and plan the UKCA marking of your product.
• Identify the statutory instruments, the essential safety requirements and designated standards, which apply to the product.
• Perform design risk assessments and clause by clause assessments against the designated standards
• Conduct a product compliance report to the applicable requirements outlining areas of non-compliance and advice on how to close out any gaps found.
• Assist in the compilation of the technical construction file, which contains the information required by the UK safety regulations.
• Provide a draft UK Declaration of Conformity and help you complete it.
• Offer follow up advice on changes in requirements for the life cycle of the product
• Act as your Authorised Representative in the UK or EU via or European office if required.

The many benefits of compliance range from brand and reputation, revenue enhancement, asset protection, higher profitability and lower costs, improved workforce performance, the provision of better data for better-made business decisions, and allows for a total harmonisation of your systems