Following industry pressure, the government delays the requirement for businesses to acquire the UKCA mark by a year

The government announced a delay in the obligation for manufacturers to use the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark on items put on the UK market.

Businesses can now use the mark – which will eventually replace the EU’s CE mark – but are not required to do so until 1 January 2023.

As with the CE mark, the UKCA mark is required on a wide variety of products, ranging from building materials to electrical goods to toys. It certifies that the goods comply with British safety regulations.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the government established its own mark to enable it to create its own product safety standards.

According to, goods that meet all of the following criteria will be required to bear the mark beginning 1 January 2023:

  • The product is intended for the British market

  • It is governed by legislation that mandates the use of the UKCA branding.

  • It necessitates the use of third-party compliance assessment services.

  • A UK conformity assessment authority conducted the conformity assessment.

CE marking will remain mandatory for goods entering the EU market, which means that enterprises dealing in both the UK and EU markets may require both marks.

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