Companies will now have an extra year before they have to start using the new UKCA, meaning they can continue to use the EU’s CE mark for a wide range of products meeting safety standards, including electrical goods and construction materials.
The Government has pushed back the deadline to 2023 following a period of consultation with industry groups and reflected the impact of the pandemic on businesses. The new timeline will give firms more time to adapt.
The new product safety marking rules will affect businesses supplying most products on the market in England, Scotland and Wales, the Government said.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Recognising the impact of the pandemic on businesses, the government will extend this deadline to 1 January 2023 to apply UKCA marks for certain products to demonstrate compliance with product safety regulations, rather than 1 January 2022,”
CE markings are required for a wide range of consumer products, from laptops to table lamps and hairdryers.
The UK Government claims that the UKCA mark will allow the UK to control its goods regulations while maintaining high safety standards. Firms have been able to use the new UKCA markings since 1 January.
The change in markings will also affect businesses selling into the UK, as the EU’s CE mark will not be recognised within the UK from 2023.