Almost anyone who has purchased an electrical product in the UK or Europe will have seen a CE sticker in place. The CE mark is the manufacturer’s claim that a product meets the essential requirements of all European directives or regulations.
From January 2021 (as a result of Great Britain’s exit from the European Union) a new product marking came into effect for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain, this marking is known as the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed).
To allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, the CE marking can be used until 1st January 2023 in most cases.
Product areas covered by the UKCA marking
|• Toy safety||• Radio Equipment|
|• Pyrotechnics||• Pressure equipment|
|• Recreational craft and personal watercraft||• Personal protective equipment|
|• Simple pressure vessels||• Gas appliances|
|• Electromagnetic compatibility||• Machinery|
|• Non-automatic weighing instruments||• Equipment for use outdoors|
|• Measuring instruments||• Low voltage electrical equipment|
|• Lifts||• Restriction of hazardous substances|
Products covered by the UKCA marking but have some special rules:
|• Medical devices||• Construction products|
|• Cableways||• Unmanned aircraft systems|
|• Unmanned aircraft systems||• Marine equipment|
|• Transportable pressure equipment||• Rail products|
The full guidelines for checking whether or not you need to use the new UKCA marking are available on the UK government website: Using the UKCA marking – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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