Extension to UKCA marking announced
A recent change in the timetable for ‘United Kingdom Conformity Assessed’ (UKCA) enforcement may help producers of PPE.
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The UK government has announced its aim to introduce legislation that will enable products that have not been UKCA marked – including personal protective equipment (PPE) – to continue to be placed on the GB market until 1st January 2023, provided the product has valid CE certification.
This extension of 12 months from the previous deadline of 1st January 2022 has been introduced to provide companies with additional time to prepare for the new legislative environment in the UK following its departure from the European Union. In doing this, the UK government is also recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed other considerable pressures on businesses during this time of transition.
From 1st January 2023, PPE products being placed on the GB market will need to be UKCA compliant. During 2023, there will be a concession that the UKCA mark can be affixed to the packaging or accompanying document instead of the product itself. However, from 1st January 2024, the UKCA mark must be affixed to the product where this is practical to do.
SATRA can issue both UKCA certification from its Approved Body in the UK and CE certification from its Notified Body in Ireland (an EU member state). SATRA also has extensive laboratory facilities for the physical, thermal, acoustic, optical and chemical testing of all types of PPE products.
How can we help?
Please contact SATRA at email@example.com to discuss all your PPE testing and certification enquiries.
This article was originally published on page 10 of the October 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.