Transition period for UKCA marking extended
CE marking for door and gate sector still valid in UK for two years
In order not to disrupt market access for EU companies, the UK governement prolonged the validity of the CE marking in UK for another two years. UKCA for England, Scotland and Wales as well as UKNI for Northern Ireland will thus be mandatory not before 2025.
As a consequence of the Brexit companies – among them door and gate producers and their suppliers – are obliged to use new product markings which are obtainable by tests to confirm product safety and conformity.
As the UK government recently announced, the well established EU marking will be accepted also for the years 2023 and 2024. In effect there will be a two-year transition period, where the CE marking as well as the UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed) – which is available since January 1st 2021 – are valid.
In order to limit relabelling costs for products from EEA countries (European Economic Area) businesses are allowed to affix the UKCA marking and include importer information on an accompanying document or label until 31 December 2027. Furthermore manufacturers can fall back to conformity assessment activities undertaken for a CE marking by end of 2024 to obtain an UKCA marking until 2027.
BBC Bircher Smart Access continues to focus on UK
Frank Peter Kirgis, CEO of BBC Bircher Smart Access, comments: “The United Kingdom is an important market for us and we’re in a good position there thanks to our business partner IN2 Access. We are therefore pleased to see the extended validity for the CE marking. On the one hand, we can maintain our focus on business activities in the British market, on the other hand there is now time enough to complete the necessary changes.”
Thanks to a special protocol for Northern Ireland, the CE marking will still be valid to indicate conformity for products to be sold in this market. However, if an assessment is conducted via a corresponding UKCA body, an UKNI marking has to be ordered specifically.
You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-to-be-given-uk-product-marking-flexibility