Make UK has successfully lobbied the UK Government to extend the standstill period for recognition of the CE mark for a further 12 months. The new Government guidance can be found here: Using the UKCA marking - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
This means that recognition of the CE will end on 1 January 2023. All sectors, apart from medical devices (which has until 30 June 2023), now have until 1 January 2023 to get ready to use the UKCA marking. This applies to all goods where businesses were due to begin using the UKCA marking by the end of this year (2021).
Commenting on the announcement Fergus McReynolds Director of EU Affairs & International Affairs, Make UK said
“this is a welcome move from Government which will come as a huge relief to industry and is a vital lifeline to protect supply chains.
“Companies were becoming increasingly nervous as the clock ticked down to the end of the year, caught up in the delays and bureaucracy in getting their products tested. The extra year will provide both exporters and importers with valuable breathing space to enable a new testing system to bed in place.”
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. Businesses will have more time to meet their legal obligations given the continued impact of the pandemic, providing clarity and certainty.
Today’s announcement follows the Government’s extensive and ongoing engagement with business groups, including Make UK, 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.
Make UK will host a webinar with Government officials on the introduction of the UKCA mark at 12:30 - 14:00 on 20th September 2021. Follow the link below to register for the event.
Book your place: Make UK - Product Labelling: UKCA and CE Marking Registration, Mon 20 Sep 2021 at 12:30 | Eventbrite