Last reviewed 13 November 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated information on the new rules for business equipment and machinery when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, now that the UK has left the EU, explaining how, from 1 January 2021, a new UK mark will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the UK market.

The health and safety watchdog says there are actions that businesses should be taking now and it has published specific guidance in relation to equipment and machinery.

The new rules from January 2021 will ensure that only safe and compliant work equipment is placed on the market.

The HSE has explained that CE marked workplace products will be accepted in the UK until 1 January 2022. This includes workplace goods which have been assessed by an EU-recognised notified body.

The new UK product mark for workplace products and other goods is the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark. From 1 January 2021, UKCA marking will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the UK market.

Businesses should be ready to use the UKCA mark instead of CE marking as soon as possible. From 1 January 2022 they must use the UKCA mark on workplace goods products.

Up until 31 December 2022 the UKCA mark can be placed directly on the product or on an accompanying document. From 1 January 2023 the UKCA mark must be placed directly on the product.

Businesses will need to start building this into their design processes so they can meet this requirement in time.

The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market. Businesses that have already placed their goods on the market in an EU country (or in the UK) before 1 January 2021 do not need to do anything new.

From 1 January 2021, to place workplace products and goods onto the EU market a conformity assessment must be done by an EU-recognised “notified body”. The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market.

Specific rules apply for Northern Ireland.

Further information on the regulation of equipment and machinery at the end of the transition period can be accessed on the HSE website.