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What is the UK Conformity Assessed product mark and what does it mean for manufacturers ​selling products in the UK and the EU after Brexit?

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Produced in partnership with Victoria Hewson of Institute of Economic Affairs
Published on LexisPSL on 04/03/2019

The following Public Law Q&A produced in partnership with Victoria Hewson of Institute of Economic Affairs provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the UK Conformity Assessed product mark and what does it mean for manufacturers ​selling products in the UK and the EU after Brexit?
  • Which goods does this affect?
  • The current position (pre-Brexit)
  • The no deal guidance (post-Brexit)
  • Goods on the EU market
  • Goods on the UK market
  • Further reading

This Q&A relates to a new product safety marking for manufacturers to demonstrate that their goods comply with applicable regulations for the UK market after the UK has left the EU―by using a new ‘UKCA’ (UK Conformity Assessed) marking in place of the EU Conformité Européene (CE) marking. It is based on UK government guidance issued on 4 February 2019: Using the UKCA marking if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Note: In some cases, the guidance remains subject to parliamentary approval of necessary legislation, and above all to the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU. It is therefore subject to change.

Which goods does this affect?

The relevant goods are currently covered by a range of harmonised standards and EU legislation listed in Annex A of the guidance issued by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): Trading goods regulated under the ‘New Approach’ if there’s no Brexit deal. The guidance notes that most, but not all, products currently covered by the CE marking will fall within scope of the new UKCA marking.

The guidance covers goods in general terms and in particular does not apply to a range of specialised goods such as chemicals, medicines and medical devices and motor vehicles (which have specific requirements), or to goods where regulations are not harmonised at EU level. Separate guidance is available

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