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01 August 2023
In another development for the fire industry on the UKCA Mark, the UK government recently announced the retention of the CE (Conformité Européenne) mark for product safety. However, a crucial clarification has emerged from DLUHC (Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities) that this decision does not apply to construction products within the fire industry. As a result, many businesses in the industry will still need to obtain the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark by 2025 if they have not already.
In response to industry demands from a variety of sectors and to ease the transition process for manufacturers, the UK government has decided to retain the CE mark for product safety indefinitely. The CE mark has been instrumental in certifying a wide range of products, including electrical goods, medical devices, toys, and more, ensuring compliance with European safety standards. While this decision brings clarity to various industries, it is essential for the fire industry to recognize that the CE mark retention does not extend to construction products.
Clarification for the Fire Industry:
DLUHC, the department responsible for levelling up, housing, and communities, has clarified that the UK government's decision to retain the CE mark does not apply to construction products within the fire industry. This means that many fire professionals will still need to adhere to the UKCA mark requirement by 2025 for products intended to be sold in Great Britain.
The UKCA mark serves as the UK's conformity assessment for products, enabling businesses to demonstrate compliance with the country's goods regulations while maintaining high safety standards. With the deadline remaining unchanged, it is vital for businesses to stay informed and prepared for the transition to avoid any potential disruptions.
While the UK government's decision to retain the CE mark provides some relief for various industries, it is essential for the fire industry to note that this retention does not apply to construction products.
Many businesses in the fire industry will still need to obtain the UKCA mark by 2025 to comply with goods regulations and ensure the safety and reliability of their products. As the Fire Industry Association, we remain dedicated to supporting our members throughout this transition and fostering a safer and more secure environment for all.
For more information and assistance on CE marking, UKCA requirements, or any other fire safety-related matters, please reach out to our technical team on [email protected]. Together, we can navigate these changes and strengthen the fire industry's commitment to safety and compliance in the UK.
30 November 2023