HMG has announced plans to introduce policy measures to further support businesses transitioning to UKCA marking.

The UK government has been engaging extensively with the industry to support businesses prepare for UKCA, and we are grateful to the industry for the preparations made so far.  

From our engagement, we are aware that businesses around the world are facing challenges in adapting to the new UK goods regulatory regime. We want to be pragmatic and support businesses where we can. 

We are therefore introducing further measures to support businesses adopting the UKCA marking:  

  • We will reduce re-testing costs for UKCA certification, by allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking completed by the 31 December 2022 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for UKCA marking. This will reduce the immediate costs faced by manufacturers and will be valid until the expiry of their certificate or for 5 years (31 December 2027), whichever is sooner. This will reduce duplication and costs for businesses and by extension, consumers.    
  • We will make clear there is no need to re-test existing imported stock, as these products will be considered already placed on the market In Great Britain (GB). This will prevent the costly, and unnecessary re-labelling of existing stock for businesses.    
  • We will make clear that spare parts that repair, replace or maintain goods already on the GB market can meet the same requirements that were in place at the time the original product or system was placed on the GB market. This will allow products and goods requiring spare parts to continue to be maintained.    
  • We will continue to allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking, and to include importer information for products from EEA countries (and in some cases Switzerland), on an accompanying document or label until 31 December 2025. This will allow businesses to adjust their product design to accommodate marking changes at a convenient and cost-effective time.   

These changes do not apply to medical devices, construction products, cableways, unmanned aircraft systems, transportable pressure equipment, rail products and marine equipment. Departments responsible for these sectors are making sector-specific arrangements.  

We will continue to actively engage with businesses and conformity assessment bodies to provide information on these measures and answer any questions to ensure businesses are ready to start using UKCA marking before 1 January 2023. We have published guidance and will shortly bring forward legislation where required to enable these changes. 

Furthermore, the UKCA International Team readily welcomes any opportunities to engage with stakeholders. Please get in touch if you would be interested in collaborating to plan an engagement event, either virtually or in-person.    

For stakeholders that wish to learn more on this announcement, we are hosting a webinar specifically for businesses regarding these measures on June 29, 2022. We will be running two sessions on the day: 11.00 am (here) and 3.00pm (here). This is intended to help businesses understand the changes and is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.  

We have published a news story on GOV.UK and updated our guidance on GOV.UK: Using the UKCA marking and Placing manufactured goods on the market in GB.