New product safety marking deadline extended
The Government has announced that businesses will have an additional year to apply new product safety markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales.
The move comes after the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and a number of prominent industry trade bodies (including ADCAS) had raised concerns about the availability and capacity of testing for products under the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking regime introduced post‐Brexit.
The UKCA marking replaces the product safety labelling the UK previously used while a member of the EU, such as the CE mark. From 1 January 2023, products will be required to carry the new UKCA mark if they are to be sold in England, Scotland and Wales. For products to be sold in Northern Ireland, CE marking will continue to be recognised due to the Northern Ireland protocol. Companies exporting to the EU market will still need a CE mark on their products as the UKCA mark is not recognised by the EU. The CLC has updated its guidance on product markings to reflect the delay.