Manufacturers have been given an extra year’s grace to change product CE markings over to the new UKCA, the government announced today.

Businesses  in England, Scotland and Wales will now have until January 2023 to apply UKCA marks  to demonstrate compliance with product safety regulations, rather than the previous January 2022 deadline.

The UKCA marking replaces the product safety labelling the UK previously used while a member of the EU, such as the CE mark.

Today’s announcement follows the government’s engagement with business groups and reflects the issues businesses have raised, particularly given the impact of the pandemic.   

 The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said in a statement today: “The government will continue to engage with manufacturers to ensure they understand what they need to do to get ready, including through a new series of webinars.”

Businesses Have been able to use the UKCA mark since 1 January 2021 to demonstrate their conformity with product standards in England, Scotland and Wales.

Under the terms of the Protocol, Northern Ireland will continue to recognise the CE marking for goods placed on the market in Northern Ireland. They will need to use the UKNI marking if they use a UK Conformity Assessment Body to test their products.