At Emuca we have always committed to comply with current legislation and we know the importance of the UK market for our clients. That is why we are working on adapting our products with the sole objective of favouring compliance with the new legislation and strengthening trust with our customers.
On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom ceased to be part of the EU. However, the essential requirements of the United Kingdom and the conformity assessment procedures, as well as the standards, are in most cases the same as those of the EU conformity process for obtaining the CE marking.
What are the main differences regarding the compliance procedure after Brexit?
Fundamentally and for the time being, this is the UK Conformity Assessment Marking or UKCA Marking.
The UK Government granted a grace period to allow manufacturers of electrical products to prepare for the new requirements. Within this period, it is possible to commercialise the product in the UK using the CE marking in most cases. In the first instance, this period would end on January 1, 2022, however, on August 24, 2021, the British Government decided to postpone the date of entry into force of the mandatory UKCA marking until January 1, 2023, giving the companies one more year to adapt to the British legislation compared to initial indications.
It should be noted that the products that carry both the CE mark and the UKCA mark, comply with the EU requirements and the UK requirements respectively. Therefore, the UKCA mark is only valid in England, Scotland and Wales and cannot be used at all in the Northern Ireland market. Instead, in Northern Ireland the CE mark or the UK(NI) mark is used.