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UKCA and CE follow-up information

Updated guidance on GOV.UK regarding the UK domestic regime for manufactured goods which comes into force on 1 January 2021:

The new UK domestic regime will cover most goods currently subject to the EU’s CE marking. The technical requirements for these goods will be the same on 1 January 2021 as they are now. However, there will be certain changes, including the introduction of the UKCA marking and a system of third-party conformity assessment by UK-recognised approved bodies, in place of the current EU system of notified bodies.

One point I wanted to bring to your attention is on the ‘standstill period’ which for most CE marked goods will last from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. During this time businesses are encouraged to be ready for full implementation of the new UK regime as soon as possible after 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust, CE marked goods in scope of this guidance that meet EU requirements (where these match UK requirements) can continue to be placed on the GB market until 1 January 2022 where EU and UK requirements remain the same. This includes goods which have been assessed by an EU recognised notified body.

These transitional measures will only apply until the 1 January 2022. From this point the UKCA mark will be required to be displayed on products, where the CE mark is currently used, to show compliance to the UK domestic regime. To ease the burden on businesses, until the 1 January 2023 for most UKCA marked goods you have the option to affix the UKCA marking on a label affixed to the product or on an accompanying document. The economic operators (whether manufacturer, importer, or distributor) should take reasonable steps to ensure the UKCA marking remains in place. From 1 January 2023, the UKCA marking must, in most cases, be affixed directly to the product. You should start building this into your design process ready for this date.

There are four links to guidance we would like to bring to your attention:

  1. Placing UKCA and CE marked goods on the GB market from 1st January 2021: www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain-from-1-january-2021
  2. Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1st January 2021: www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-eu-market-from-1-january-2021
  3. Prepare to use the UKCA marking from 1st January 2021: www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-mark-from-1-january-2021
  4. Conformity assessment bodies: status from 1st January 2021: www.gov.uk/guidance/conformity-assessment-bodies-change-of-status-from-1-january-2021

This guidance relates primarily to goods regulated by the Department for Business energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under the areas listed in the guidance. This guidance does not wholly apply to medical devicesrail interoperabilityconstruction products and civil explosives; goods regulated under the old approach (chemicals, medicines, vehicles and aerospace) and goods covered by national rules (see the UK specific rules guidance for more information).

Queries: goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk if you have any questions regarding this guidance.

Additional notes received from BEIS this morning for additional clarity

  • Medical and transportable pressure vessels are likely to have longer transition periods to new marking, for ‘safety reasons’.
  • Transportable pressure vessels – the Department for Transport is leading on that and is making a case for a longer transition.  Not yet confirmed in guidance. There is a distinction between items covered generally by  the Pressure Equipment Directive, which are covered by the latest announcement, and transportable pressure vessels, which fall under The Transportable Pressure Vessels Regulations. (These carry the Pii mark currently rather than CE.)
  • Medical devices – CE marking recognised until 30 June 2023 and certificates by EEA Notified Bodies will continue to be valid until 30 June 2023. Guidance issued yesterday which states the product Directives impacted.  That is being transferred with new powers to the MHRA.
  • The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government is leading on guidance on Construction Products notification.

Kickstart programme for Jobs

The government has set out details of the Kickstart scheme, first flagged up by the chancellor in his ‘Plan for Jobs’ speech in July.

The scheme for 16-to-24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit.  The first 25 hours per week are to be fully funded by government to the level of age-related national minimum wage for six-month placement.  Employers can add to that.  It is not anticipated that there will be any penalties for employers for premature ending of a Kickstart engagement.

Candidates will come through Jobcentre Plus.  Helpfully, employers will be able to have a conventional interview/selection process with candidates before taking them on, and firms interested in the scheme may find it useful to specify the sort of qualities etc they are looking for in candidates.

Companies will require to apply through an intermediary, such as their local authority, unless they are proposing to take on at least 30 Kickstart candidates; in that case, they can apply directly.

Tesco is named as committed to the scheme but there is no assessment as to how attractive it will be to firms in manufacturing and engineering.  We are keen to hear from members as to whether they think the scheme will be of interest, and why.

Scheme:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

Please note that individual trade associations, such as EAMA members, will be able to put forward group applications on behalf of members.