UKCA and UKCA MED (AKA Red Ensign) has been introduced as a result of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Economic Area (EEA).
The UKCA marking came into effect on 1st January 2021, where goods placed on the market in Great Britain for the first time must be UKCA marked. UK Conformity Assessed marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods that previously required the CE marking.
However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, business have still been able to use the CE marking but this is only until 31st December 2024 in most cases (any product manufactured with a CE mark before the 31st December can still be placed onboard a vessel with a UK registered flag).
Due to the ongoing economic negotiations that surround the Northern Ireland Protocol, the UKCA mark may not be used on its own for marking of products for sale. The existing CE mark will continue to be accepted in NI and there is no requirement for Crowcon to use a UKNI marking. The UKNI mark is only required for certain situations for example if using a 3rd party UK notified body to carry out a mandatory conformity assessment.
The UKCA marking system is a revision of the system we used when we were part of the European Economic Area and now will follow UK legislation rather than that issued by the European Union. The products that require the conformity assessment are almost the same as previously but now with the inclusion of aerosol products.
Crowcon as the manufacturer still have the same responsibilities for assessing and declaring their products’ conformity. The main difference in the new legislation is that it doesn’t currently cover Northern Ireland, and there will be some cross-over between CE marking and UKCA marking until this situation is resolved.
For more information about conformity, contact our team.