News about Brexit:
Announcement from UK government
The government will continue to recognise the CE marking for 2 years, therefore allowing businesses until 31 December 2024 to prepare for the UKCA marking. Businesses can also use the UKCA marking, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply.
TÜV Thüringen recommends that manufacturers progress with UKCA certification before the end of 2024.
Latest news about Brexit: Easements for UKCA marking
The U.K. Government has announced new rules to facilitate the transfer to UKCA marking from 1 January 2023. The published easements allow conformity assessment activities completed under the EU regulations (CE Marking) to continue to be accepted to support the UKCA marking of an item until the certificate underpinning the EU regulation certification expires, or 31 December 2027, whichever comes sooner.
- … from the 1st January 2023, the UKCA mark must be used for placing goods on the market in Great Britain.
- However, the procedures for marking UKCA are modified.
Exemplary facilitations in the area of pressure equipment are listed here:
- Permanent Joining Procedures:
Permanent joining procedures acc. to european pressure equipment directive, certified before 1st January 2023, will be accepted for use on UKCA marked items until 31st December 2027.
- Permanent Joining Personnel:
Approvals of permanent joining personnel acc. to european pressure equipment directive , certificate before 1st January 2023, will be accepted for use on UKCA marked items until the certification expires (for those certificates with an expiry route option), or until 31st December 2027 (for those with the prolongation route – prolongation must be up to date).
- NDE Personnel:
Approvals of NDE personnel acc. to european pressure equipment directive, certified before 1st January 2023, will be accepted for use on UKCA marked items until the certificate expires (where it will then require a UK approval of the new one).
- MModule B type examination certificates:
Certificates acc. to european pressure equipment directive issued before 1st January 2023, can be used to support the module B aspect of UKCA marked items conformity assessment until their expiry date, or the 31st December 2027, whichever is sooner.
- Module D/D1/E/H/H1 Certificates:
ZModule D/D1/E/E1/H/H1 certificates acc. to european pressure equipment directive , issued before 1st January 2023, can be used to support the conformity assessment of UKCA marked items until their expiry date.
- Material Manufacturers QS Certificates:
Certificates acc. to european pressure equipment directive, issued before 1st January 2023 can be used to support material manufacturers quality system certification for materials for UKCA marked equipment until their expiry date.
Certificates acc. to european pressure equipment directive for any of the above to be issued on or after the 1st January 2023 are not subject to this agreement, and must be certified by an appropriate UK Body in order to be used for UKCA marked equipment.
- Completed CE-marked pressure equipment components, imported under contract into the GB market by 31.12.2022, do not need to be re-tested/re-certified or UCKA marked. However, the products should still be checked to ensure they meet the requirements of EU law before they are further supplied and a record should be kept of documentation which demonstrates the product was imported into GB under contract before the 31 December 2022.
- Pressure Equipment manufacturers can continue from 1 January 2023 to purchase ‘CE’ marked spare parts for ‘CE’ marked equipment placed on the GB market before 11pm on 31 December 2022. However, if the product or system has been subjected to important changes, overhauling its original performance, purpose, or type, it would be considered ‘new’ and must comply with GB regulatory requirements, including being UKCA marked from 11pm on 31 December 2022.
- Pressure equipment or assemblies do not need to have the UKCA mark physically affixed when being placed on the GB market until after 11p.m. on 31.12.2025. Until then the UKCA marking can be in an accompanying document or label. Similarly, importer information does not need to be affixed on pressure equipment or assemblies imported from the EEA until after 11 p.m. on 31.12.2025, and can instead be on the packaging or in an accompanying document until that date. From 01.01.26 this information needs to be on the good unless the specific product regulation permits otherwise (e.g., due to the size or nature of the good).
- However, these rules need to be officially approved by the UK government. As of today, this has not yet been done.
Brexit and no end: What entrepreneurs have to pay attention to since January 1, 2022
- Can companies based in the EU continue to export their products with CE marking into the economic area of the United Kingdom after January 1, 2022?
- Will conformity assessments and certificates issued by notified bodies in Britain keep their validity in the EU after January 1, 2022 or is their re-certification required?
- Will CE conformity assessments issued by notified bodies of the EU still be accepted for the export to Britain after January 1, 2022?
- Under what conditions can products from Britain continue to be marketed in the EU?
- What meaning does the new UKCA sign have and what is it required for – or also, what is it not required for?
- What does the legislator understand under “old approach and new approach products” and how do I see, in which category my products fall?
- What special regulations apply to the export to Northern Ireland?
- What special regulations apply to the import of products from Northern Ireland?
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