UKCA mark replaces the CE mark

UKCA mark replaces the CE mark

January 2021

Many tile and stone products are required to be CE marked.  It is part of Building Regulations and is a legal requirement, although this is sometimes ignored.

Once the Brexit transition period is over, the European CE mark will be replaced by the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark in Great Britain.  Northern Ireland will still use CE marks or its own UK[NI] marking.

Among the products that should carry CE marking are stone cladding, flooring, paving, and tiles. As there is no equivalent standard for worktops, they are not required to be CE marked and will not require UKCA marking.

The UKCA marking will be used from 1st January 2021. Products carrying the mark must have been assessed and tested in GB by approved bodies.  The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will continue to be the UK’s national organisation determining who is accredited.

To allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, and to sell existing CE-marked stock, CE marking will continue to be acceptable until 1st January 2022 in most cases.  However, if the EU changes any of its standards, retailers and distributors will no longer be able to sell products tested to those standards in Great Britain.  They will have to comply with the UKCA standard.

Companies who bring products in to GB from the EU will, in most cases, now be classified as ‘importers’. This change of status brings new obligations such as:

  • A requirement to label products with their name and address
  • Ensuring that the assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP) requirements have been carried out by the manufacturer
  • Making sure the product bears the UKCA conformity marking
  • Ensuring the manufacturer has complied with their labelling obligations.

The government suggests anyone importing should consider taking professional advice to make sure they understand their status and obligations under the new GB regulatory framework, whatever it might turn out to be when negotiations with Europe are finally concluded.

Visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-mark-from-1-january-2021

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