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18 November 2022

Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility

Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility

 

  • The deadline for when businesses need to starting using the UKCA mark has been extended to 31st December 2024. You can continue to use the CE mark until then.
  • Until 2027, UKCA marking and importer information on products from EEA countries can be provided on accompanying documents or labels. After 2027 it will need to be included directly on products.

Previously businesses had been told to use the UKCA marking after 31st December 2022. Government have now announced they will continue to recognise the CE product marking in Great Britain for a further 2 years, allowing business to use either UKCA or CE markings. The intention is for this move to:

  • cut costs for businesses and remove potential disruption
  • allow future product marking plans to be reviewed to minimise costs and burdens for business in the longer term

Businesses will still need to take action to ensure they comply with importer responsibilities if they’re placing a product on the GB market from outside the UK and importer labelling requirements apply to all products being placed on the GB market not just those that require a CE/UKCA mark.

In their communication government have stated:

To reduce labelling costs, we will allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking and include importer information for products from EEA countries on an accompanying document or label until 31 December 2027.

This is an additional 2 year extension before the UKCA and importer information need to be included directly on a product. The date for this was previously 31st December 2025.

Please view the below two links for further information:

Businesses to be given UK product marking flexibility

Placing manufactured products on the market in Great Britain

 

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