The past few years have brought insurmountable change around the world. Countries like the United Kingdom aren’t alone when adjusting to a new life. Amid the United Kingdom’s exit from Europe comes new assessments and markings. The changes come from Regulation 168/2013, which indicates that goods will no longer be subjected to the European Union legislation which requires CE-marking. Instead, products will have to be within compliance with the United Kingdom Conformity Marking (UKCA).
The new UKCA marking came into effect roughly six months ago on January 1st, 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to new requirements, it wasn’t going to be in effect until January 1st, 2022. Although businesses and companies had a full year to get their products “up to code,” on August 24th it was announced the United Kingdom’s plans to postpone Regulation 168/2013 to January 1st, 2023. Giving businesses a little more than a year to change their product standards.
The change comes during concerns of the impact of the pandemic on businesses. Hoping this extension will give businesses the extra time allotted to apply the new products and safety markings. The UKCA marking will be applied to countries including England, Wales, and Scotland. The government and UKCA have guidance on how to use the new marking as well as further information regarding the placing of products on the market. Additional information can be found on the UKCA official website.