In the meantime, it has emerged that the UKCA mark will be mandatory from 01.01.2021 in the UK. The UKCA label is linked with the UK declaration of conformity, with UK laws applying instead of EU guidelines. This consists of an exact transfer of EU regulations. The technical requirements and modules of the conformity assessment process will therefore initially be taken on without change.
Up to 31.12.2021, manufacturers are still permitted to bring products exclusively carrying the CE mark onto the British market. As well as the EU declaration of conformity, there will also be a UKCA declaration of conformity for the British market, which will reference British law instead of EU guidelines/regulations and use British standards (BS) as normative verification. The norm reference BS indicates that this is a norm approved by the British Standards Institution, the UK’s national standards organization.
The CE mark, the EU declaration of conformity and the EU type approval test are considered equal alternatives to the corresponding UK elements until the end of 2021 at the latest. There is therefore a one-year transition period from 01.01.2021 to 31.12.2021. Afterwards, the UKCA mark must be used and related requirements implemented.
If there are related changes to EU or UK law from 01.01.2021, the UKCA label will immediately be mandatory for affected products from 31.12.2021. The same also applies to interim changes to UK law. The transition period also correspondingly applies to products that require a confirmation from a notary.