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BACL Newsletter September 2020

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

Guidance on placing  manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 has been published on 1 September, 2020. Here’s an abstract regarding the use of UKCA and/or CE marking.

Using the UKCA marking

You will need to use the new UKCA marking immediately after 1 January 2021 if all of the following apply. Your product:

This does not apply to existing stock, for example if your good was fully manufactured and ready to place on the market before 1 January 2021.

Using the CE marking

CE marking for the GB market

You will be able to use the CE marking until 31 December 2021 if any of the following apply:

  • you currently apply the CE marking to your good on the basis of self-declaration
  • any mandatory third-party conformity assessment was carried out by an EU-recognized notified body (including a body in a country with which the EU has a relevant mutual recognition agreement)
  • the certificate of conformity previously held by a UK approved body has been transferred to an EU-recognized notified body

You can only place CE marked goods that meet EU requirements in Great Britain while UK and EU requirements are the same. This will be the case on 1 January 2021 and there are no UK plans to diverge at this time. Nonetheless you are encouraged to be ready as soon as possible, and by 1 January 2022 at the latest. If the EU changes their rules and you CE mark your goods based on new EU rules which are different from the requirements in the UK, you will no longer be able to use the CE marking in the UK. This will be the case even if the change happens before 1 January 2022.

Please feel free to reach out to BACL Regulation or Sales team for more information if you plan to sell your product to the EU and/or the UK.


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