Precautions for a no-deal Brexit

01 March 2019

A new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) symbol has been unveiled by the government in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which will mirror the current CE mark.

The CE mark is currently being used on machinery and electrical equipment and the UKCA mark will be necessary on the same products.

For most products being placed in the UK market, the CE marking will still be able to be used but, for products that require third-party assessment of conformity, you will have to apply for the new UKCA marking.

Although the current CE mark shows the products are compliant with EU regulatory requirements, the government’s guidance states the UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU market.

A spokesman for the British Standards Institution (BSI) said it welcomed the guidance and will continue to work with the government as negotiations progress.

Any products that currently require CE markings will continue to require it to be fit for sale in the EU.

The guidance also asks states it is necessary that:

  • 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)
  • if you reduce or enlarge the size of your marking, the letters UKCA must be in proportion.

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