Businesses have been given a further two-year extension to the make the change from CE to UKCA marking, giving them until December 2024 to relabel products.

Th is means they will be able to use either of the markings in that time, according to Business Secretary Grant Shapps, who added that plans for product marking after that time will be reviewed to minimise costs and burdens for business in the longer term.

The extension is the second one to be given since the change was first flagged after the Brexit vote .

Announcing the extension yesterday (Nov 14), Grant Shapps said: “The government is determined to remove barriers to businesses so they can get on with their top priorities, like providing quality customer service, enabling growth and supporting their staff.

“This move will give businesses the breathing space and flexibility they need at this crucial time and ensure that our future system for product safety marking is fit for purpose, providing the highest standard for consumers without harming businesses.

“To support manufacturers, the government is also reviewing the wider product safety framework, ensuring we minimise the burdens on business while keeping our system up to date with new innovative methods such as e-labelling.

“As part of this, the government will make it easier than ever for businesses to apply product markings.

“This package will give thousands of businesses, including electronics and lift manufacturers, additional time to focus on delivering growth and creating jobs, while giving them flexibility in how they meet their legal obligations.”

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