Within the current (September 2020) European Union (EU) CE marking is a requirement for certain products traded in the European economic area. A CE mark on a building product is a declaration by the manufacturer that their product is compliant with the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) and the minimum requirements of EU countries. A CE mark shows that the product complies with all the relevant European legislation covering the product’s health, safety or environmental requirements.
Not all products are required to be CE marked, but products which are covered by a harmonised European standard or a voluntary Common Understanding and Assessment Procedure (CUAP) and an associated European Assessment Document (EAD), previously known as a European Technical Assessment (ETA), will have specific legislation that requires it.
However, the UK has left the EU and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end on the 31st December 2020.
The UK government has developed the following guidance for UK manufacturers and agents who continue to place goods in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), Northern Ireland and mainland Europe (see links opposite):
- Placing of manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain
- Placing of manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from Great Britain
- Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from the EU
- Placing manufactured goods on the EU market
Businesses must prepare for the end of recognition of the CE mark in Great Britain and affix the UK marking using a UK-recognised ‘approved body’ by 1st January 2022.
Businesses are being encouraged now to be ready for the full implementation of the new UK regime, as soon as possible after 1st January 2021. Businesses will be able to use the UK mark from 1st January 2021. To allow businesses time to adjust, some CE marked goods, that meet EU requirements, may continue to be placed on the UK market.
However, this arrangement will end on 1st January 2022 and businesses should ensure they are prepared for the new system before it comes into effect.
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.
The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market, which requires the CE marking or UK (NI) marking.