UKCA – a simple guide to new product safety marking

New safety labelling requirements have come into place for businesses selling certain products in Great Britain.

As of 1 January 2023, the  new UKCA mark replaced the CE mark for new products sold in England, Scotland, and Wales.

But how and when should the UKCA mark be used?

Read on to make sure you’re aware of the latest government legislation, and what this could mean for your business.

What is the UKCA marking?

 

The UKCA (United Kingdom Conformity Assessed) product marking is the new way that some products must be certified for sale in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland).

It shows that the products meet required safety, health, and environmental standards, and that they have been checked by the manufacturer.

This new legislation came in following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Under the new rules, any product that previously carried the CE marking will now have to show the UKCA marking.

When is the deadline for using the UKCA marking?

 

Businesses were able to start using the UKCA mark from 1st January 2021, but the government announced recently that you have more time to prepare.

Following an initial one-year grace period, the deadline for using the mark was extended for another year.

The new deadline for displaying the UKCA mark on new and existing products is 1 January 2023.

What products need to use the UKCA mark?

 

You only need to use the UKCA mark if your product:

  • is for the market in Great Britain
  • is covered by legislation which requires the UKCA marking
  • requires a mandatory third-party conformity assessment
  • has had a conformity assessment carried out by a UK conformity assessment body

If you have an online shop or sell a range of products online,  you may need to use the UKCA marking.

For example, the legislation applies to the safety of toys, energy-related products like lighting and power adaptors, and personal protective equipment like hats and gloves.

You can find the full list of the product categories required by law to show the UKCA mark on the government website.

How to use the UKCA marking

 

Your UKCA mark should be applied to the product, or the product’s packaging.

There may be some instances where it needs to be placed in supporting documents like the product manual.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • the UKCA marking must be easily legible and visible.
  • it must be at least 5mm in height.
  • when applying the UKCA marking, you are taking responsibility that the product meets the requirements.

 

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