UK Conformity Assessment Body (UKCA)

UK Conformity Assessment Body

American Certification Body is an approved Certification Body for the United Kingdom Government.

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Important Note:

The UKCA Mark will be mandatory from January 1, 2022 for products sold on the GB market. A combined UKCA and CE Marking is suggested for products that are placed on the market in the EU, GB and Northern Ireland.


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Questions and Answers:

Question: In order to apply the UKCA Mark, will manufacturers need to obtain a certificate from a Notified Body?  Or can they simply test to the British Standards using an accredited lab and then apply the mark, similarly to the way they currently apply the CE Mark.

Answer: The conformity assessment procedures in the UK are exactly the same as the conformance assessment procedures in the EU. I wish to note that the requirement to solely apply BS standards has disappeared in the meantime. Please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/designated-standards

1. Before 1 January 2022:

-Application of standards which are on the list of designated standards: UKCA DoC with reference to the UK regulations or (voluntary) obtaining a UKCA certificate or (voluntary) obtaining a Notified Body EU-type examination certificate.

-Application of standards which are not on the list of designated standards: UKCA certificate OR Notified Body EU-type examination certificate for the RED since the CE mark is still accepted in the UK until 1 January 2022.

1. After 31 December 2021:

-Application of standards which are on the list of designated standards: UKCA DoC with reference to the UK regulations or (voluntary) obtaining a UKCA certificate

-Application of standards which are not on the list of designated standards: UKCA certificate

A UKCA certificate can only be obtained from an approved certification body for the UK regulations.

See also: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking