Guidance

Prepare to use the UKCA mark after Brexit

Find out if you will need to use the new UKCA marking and how to use it if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

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The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for certain goods being placed on the UK market if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

This guidance explains how to use the UKCA marking.

Check whether you will need to use the new UKCA marking

Selling goods in the UK

In the majority of cases you will still be able to use the CE marking if you are selling goods on the UK market after the UK leaves the EU. The CE marking will only be accepted in the UK for a limited time after Brexit. The government will consult and give businesses notice before this period ends. Find out about the future use of markings in the UK.

In some cases you will need to apply the new UKCA marking to goods being sold in the UK immediately after Brexit.

Check whether you will need to use the UKCA marking by reading the guidance on placing manufactured goods on the UK market after Brexit.

There is separate guidance for construction products, medical devices and rail interoperability.

Selling goods in the EU

The UKCA marking will not be recognised on the EU market, and products currently requiring a CE marking will still need a CE marking for sale in the EU. Find out how to use the CE marking.

When to use the UKCA marking

You will need to apply the new UKCA marking to your product if all of the following apply. Your product:

  • is for the UK market
  • requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment
  • conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body (a UK based notified body, recognised third party organisations or user inspectorate - referred to collectively as UK notified bodies)

How to use the UKCA marking

Placing the UKCA marking

In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to the packaging. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or on other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.

The following general rules apply:

  • UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation)
  • when attaching the UKCA marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation
  • you must only use the UKCA marking to show product conformity with the relevant UK legislation
  • you must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the UKCA marking to third parties
  • you must not attach other markings on the product which affect the visibility, legibility or meaning of the UKCA marking
  • the UKCA marking cannot be placed on products unless there is a specific requirement to do so in the legislation

Rules for using the UKCA image

You must make sure that:

  • if you reduce or enlarge the size of your marking, the letters forming the UKCA marking must be in proportion to the version set out below
  • the UKCA marking is at least 5mm in height – unless a different minimum dimension is specified in the relevant legislation
  • the UKCA marking is easily visible, legible and permanent (meaning indelible)
UKCA mark (black fill)

Technical documentation

Record keeping

You, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation (for up to 10 years after the product is placed on the market) to demonstrate that your product conforms with the regulatory requirements.

This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements.

The information you must keep will vary depending on the specific legislation relevant to your product. You must keep general records of:

  • how the product is designed and manufactured
  • how the product has been shown to conform to the relevant requirements
  • the addresses of the manufacturer and any storage facilities

You should keep the information in the form of a technical file which can be supplied if requested by a market surveillance authority.

UK Declaration of Conformity

The UK Declaration of Conformity is a document which must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking.

In the document you as the manufacturer, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), should:

  • declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
  • make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant)

The UK Declaration of Conformity should be available to market surveillance authorities on request.

Future use of markings in the UK

After a time-limited period, only the UKCA marking will be recognised for the UK market. We will consult and give businesses notice before ceasing to recognise the CE marking. However, a product bearing the CE marking would still be valid for sale in the UK so long as it was also UKCA marked and complied with the relevant UK rules.

More information

Additional guidance about placing products requiring the UKCA marking on the UK market will be published shortly. The requirements will mirror those for placing CE marked products on the EU market.

If you have any queries or require further assistance regarding the UKCA mark, please contact goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk.

Published 2 February 2019