Last reviewed 4 July 2022

The Government has announced a range of changes to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales.

The UKCA mark will replace the CE and reverse epsilon markings that are currently used to indicate products conform to EU (and UK) legislation. From 1 January 2023, the new UKCA marking will ensure goods conform to UK product standards.

The following measures have been announced.

  • Reducing re-testing costs (any conformity assessment activities undertaken by EU bodies before the end of 2022 will be considered as the basis for UKCA marking next year).

  • Removing the need to re-test existing imported stock (this will allow CE marked products that are manufactured and imported into the UK by the end of 2022 to be sold, without the need to meet UKCA requirements).

  • Continuing to accept spare parts onto the GB market (the UK will continue to accept spares onto the GB market which comply with the same requirements that were in place at the time the original products or systems they were being used to repair, replace or maintain were placed on the market).

  • Extending labelling measures (the labelling easements currently in place to allow important information and other UKCA markings to be added to products using a sticky label or an accompanying document will be extended).

  • Recognising historic testing on some construction products (manufacturers of construction products under AVCP system 3, such as radiators, sealants and tile adhesives, whose products are tested by an EU notified body before 1 January 2023 will be able to obtain a UKCA mark without having to retest through a UK-approved body).

These measures will apply to aerosols, equipment for explosive atmospheres, personal protective equipment and pressure equipment, among others.