UK Government has confirmed this morning that it intends to introduce legislation that will allow the continued recognition of the CE marking and reversed epsilon marking until 31 December 2024 for most goods being placed on the market or put into service in Great Britain as part of new ministers’ commitment to reduce burdens for industry.
The new measures will also ensure that previously announced measures on retesting and labelling announced in June will continue. The timescales will be amended to reflect the extension:
o Reducing labelling costs by continuing to allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking, and to include importer information for products from EEA countries (and in some cases, Switzerland) on an accompanying document or a label until 31 December 2027.
o Reducing re-testing costs for UKCA certification by allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking undertaken by 31 December 2024 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for UKCA marking, until the expiry of the certificate or until 31 December 2027, whichever is sooner.
This package of measures is intended to provide businesses with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens for businesses. The changes will help businesses to navigate the current global economic and supply chain challenges whilst prioritising growth.
The legal instruments to give effect to these changes is due to be laid before Parliament today and will need to come into force before the end of the year.
The rules remain different for medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products, and marine equipment. Departments responsible for these sectors are making sector specific arrangements.
The press notice is below.
Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)