A new guide has been launched by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI)to help architects and specifiers navigate changes to product marking in the UK following its departure from the EU. 

Now that the EU and the UK are two separate regulatory and legal spaces, all products exported from the EU to the UK (and vice versa) will have to comply with UK technical regulations and will be subject to regulatory compliance checks and controls.

 ‘The Specifier’s Guide on UKCA marking, CE marking and the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)’ has been published to ensure that anyone involved in the specification of architectural ironmongery is aware of the latest procedures on conformity marking. 

UKCA and UKNI marking have been introduced as CE marking will cease to be used in Great Britain from 1 January 2022. The guide covers the new product marking and the rules for using them, as well as the role of CE marking going forward and the change from European Harmonised Standards to the UK Designated Standards. 

The guide also covers the changes to the CPR and the EU machinery directive – key legislation that impact architectural ironmongery specifiers – and the creation of UK Approved Bodies to replace UK Notified Bodies. 

The guide can be downloaded from the GAI website: www.gai.org.uk/GAISpecGuides