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UKCA Marking Requirements

This is the final text for the Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2022 (G/TBT/N/GBR/49), previously entitled the Product Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022. As stated in the original notification, we expect this measure to come into force before 11pm on 31 December 2022.
The range of product regulations in scope is unchanged. However, in addition to the measures contained in the original notification, the UK Government intends to extend the recognition of goods meeting EU requirements and markings on the market in Great Britain for a further 2 years, until 31 December 2024. This measure intends to address urgent problems of public safety and national security, ensuring the continued supply of safe goods used in critical national infrastructure and key industries.
The timings for the previously notified measures will also now reflect this timeline taking into account the extension of recognition of goods meeting EU requirements until 31 December 2024. The previously announced measures will allow action taken under EU conformity assessment procedures before 31 December 2024 to be treated as having been taken under the UK conformity assessment procedures for the lifetime of the certificate issued or until 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner. Products will be required to bear the UKCA marking after 31 December 2024 and will need to undergo conformity assessment with the UK Approved Body at the expiry of the certificate or after 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner.
The measures will also extend current legislation allowing importer information and the UK conformity marking to be added to products using a label or accompanying document, rather than being physically affixed on the product itself, until 31 December 2027. It also extends current legislation allowing details of an EU responsible person, rather than a UK responsible person, on cosmetic products, until 31 December 2027.
The UK Government is seeking to support industry as much as possible to prevent immediate costs and burdens for businesses, which could otherwise be passed onto consumers and commercial supply chains, whilst maintaining high standards of product safety. The UK Government will engage with industry both in the United Kingdom and abroad to ensure they are aware of these measures.

If you require any assistance with the UKCA Marking process please feel free to contact the team

Guidance Using the UKCA marking

The UKCA Mark Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods that previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods.

The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market. See the UK's guidance on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market.

This guide explains how to use the UKCA marking. There is separate guidance for medical devicesrail interoperabilityconstruction products and civil explosives.

 

Check whether you need to use the new UKCA marking

 

Selling goods in Great Britain

 

The UKCA marking applies to most goods previously subject to the CE marking. It also applies to aerosol products that previously required the ‘reverse epsilon’ marking.

The technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet which are listed in the legislation and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity are largely the same as they were for the CE marking, (but there are some differences).

The circumstances in which you can use self-declaration of conformity for UKCA marking are the same as for CE marking. If you were able to self-declare conformity for the CE marking, you will be able to do the same for the UKCA marking. But be aware if your CE technical file is not up to date you will need to update the document before UKCA Marking the product

Check the list of areas where self-declaration is permitted.

The UKCA marking is not recognised on the EU market. Products need a CE marking for sale in the EU. See our services at the top of the page

When to use the UKCA marking

 

You only need to use the new UKCA marking before 1 January 2025 if all of the following apply.

 

Your product:

  • is for the market in Great Britain

  • is covered by legislation that requires the UKCA marking

  • requires a mandatory third-party conformity assessment

  • conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body

 

How to use the UKCA marking

Placing the UKCA marking

In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or the packaging. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.

General rules

The UKCA marking must be visible and legible when you affix it to the product. If this is not possible, you must attach it to the packaging (if any) or accompanying documents.

UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where permitted in the relevant legislation).

When affixing the UKCA marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation.

You must only use the UKCA marking to demonstrate conformity with the relevant UK legislation.

You must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the UKCA marking to third parties.

You 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.

A product may have additional markings and marks, as long as they:

  • fulfil a different function from that of the UKCA marking

  • are not likely to confuse with the UKCA marking

  • do not reduce the legibility and visibility of the UKCA marking

 

Rules for using the UKCA image

You must make sure that:

  • if you reduce or enlarge the size of your marking, the letters forming the UKCA marking must be in proportion to the version set out below

  • the UKCA marking is at least 5mm in height – unless a different minimum dimension is specified in the relevant legislation

  • the UKCA marking is easily visible, legible

  • The UKCA marking can take different forms (for example, the colour does not have to be solid), as long as it remains visible, legible and maintains the required proportions.

Technical documentation

 

Record keeping

You, or your authorised representative (which were allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation to demonstrate that your product conforms with the regulatory requirements. This must be kept for up to 10 years after the product is placed on the UK market and stored in the UK with the authorised representative or appointed representative (importer or fulfilment provider)

This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements.

The information you must keep will vary depending on the specific legislation relevant to your product. You must keep general records of:

  • how the product is designed and manufactured

  • how the product has been shown to conform to the relevant requirements

  • the addresses of the manufacturer and any storage facilities

 

You should keep the information in the form of a technical file which can be supplied if requested by a market surveillance authority.

UK Declaration of Conformity

The UK Declaration of Conformity is a document that must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking. We recommend that manufacturers have a separate UK Declaration of Conformity to their EU Declaration of Conformity.

In the document you as the manufacturer, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), should:

  • declare that the product conforms 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:

More information

 

List of UK regulations that will be amended under the UKCA requirements and their links to the UK.GOV sites

 

1. Measuring Container Bottles (EEC Requirements) Regulations 1977 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1977/932/contents/made

2. Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/1701/contents/made

3. Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1597/contents/made

4. Regulation (EU) 1223 of 2009

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/eur/2009/1223/contents

5. Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/2824/contents

6. Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1881/contents/made

7. Explosives Regulations 2014

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1638/made

8. Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1553/contents/made

9. Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1091/contents

10. Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1092/contents

11. Lifts Regulations 2016

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1093/contents

12. Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1101/contents

 

13. Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1107/contents/made

 

14. Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1152/made

15. Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1153/contents/made

16. Recreational Craft Regulations 2017

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/737/contents/made

17. Radio Equipment Regulations 2017

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/1206/contents/made

 

18. Ecodesign for Energy-related Products Regulations 2010 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2617/contents/made

 

19. The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/3032/contents/made

 

20. The Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/1105/contents

 

21. Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC https://www.legislation.gov.uk/eur/2016/425/body

22. Regulation (EU) 2016/426 of the European Parliament and of the Council on appliances burning gaseous fuels and repealing Directive 2009/142/EC

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/eur/2016/426/body

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