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United Kingdom - Conformity Assessment (UK CA)

Open the doors to the United Kingdom with UK CA certification

From January 1st 2021, many products are covered by the legislation which requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment and the UKCA marking. If both requirements are met, and the conformity assessment was carried out successfully by a notified UK conformity assessment body (no transfer of the assessment files from that UK body to an EU recognised body before January 1st 2021) - the new UKCA mark must be used and in effect. The transitional period, also known as the “standstill period” is from January 1st 2021 to December 31st 2021. All harmonised standards that give an assumption of conformity to EU law at the end of the transitional period will become ‘designated standards’ in the UK. Providing the UK and EU requirements remain the same, the CE marking will be accepted until the end of this year. If the UK and CE requirements deviate from each other during this transitional period, the CE marking will not be accepted any longer in the UK. Products can carry both the CE and UKCA markings as long as they are fully compliant with both UK and EU regulations. From January 1st 2022, the UKCA mark will be required to be displayed on products (except for medical devices - CE marking will continue to be recognized until June 31st 2023). To reduce the impact on businesses, the UKCA mark can be affixed optionally to the product or an enclosed document using a label. This will be accepted until December 31st 2022 only. After this time, the UKCA mark must be affixed directly to the product (unless the applicable regulations make other allowances). TUV Rheinland is in the process of becoming a UK Approved Body for a number of Regulations, e.g. concerning Machinery, Pressure-, Radio- or Personal Protective Equipment or Toys in a first phase. In a second phase, more modules will be added to our accredited scope of the first phase – as well as further regulations concerning e.g. construction products, lifts or medical devises. Contact us to know how we can support you placing your product on the UK-market !

Detailed Information

Technical aspects Safety
Energy Efficiency
Hygienic / Food Contact
Environment / Eco
Product/Packaging Labeling
Market surveillance Yes
Obligation Mandatory
Factory inspection Conditionally
Sample testing Conditionally

Depending on the specific regulation

Product Scope

Same products as regulated by the corresponding EU directives, but with exceptions:

- Different rules apply to chemicals, medicines, vehicles and aerospace

- Special rules to medical devices, rail interoperability constituents, construction products, civil explosives, products requiring eco-design and energy labelling as well as cosmetics.

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