Before they can be placed on the market, manufactured goods need to be designed and manufactured so they meet certain minimum safety standards and they must carry a marking, either on the item itself or in some cases on the packaging, to show that they meet these standards. Throughout the EU this is achieved through a conformity assessment process and the application of CE marking.
For products being placed on the market in Great Britain (i.e. England, Scotland and Wales) CE marking is being phased out and a new similar UK Conformity Assessment process is being introduced, requiring a UKCA mark instead of the CE mark.
The UKCA marking came into effect on 1st January 2021. To allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, originally a transition period allowed most manufacturers and suppliers to continue using existing CE marking until 1st January 2022.
The government has now announced an extension to the transition period which will now allow businesses to continue use the CE marking until 1st January 2023 in most cases.
You can find more about the new requirements on the on the Gov.UK website at:
England, Scotland and Wales: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking
Please speak to your normal PIB Risk Management contact or get in touch using email@example.com if you have any questions regarding machinery safety.