What is the UKCA Mark?
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) from 1 January 2021. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.
What is the UKNI Mark?
In Northern Ireland, the EU conformity markings will continue to be used to show goods meet the EU rules after 1 January 2021. For most manufactured goods, this is the CE marking, but there are some other markings for specific products. However, if you are using a UK body to carry out mandatory third-party conformity assessment, you also need to apply a UKNI marking. You never apply the UKNI marking on its own - it shall always accompany an EU conformity marking.
If you are using an EU based conformity assessment body, then the CE marking will suffice to place goods on the Northern Ireland market.
The UKNI marking will not be recognized on the EU market. If you are placing goods on the EU market, you must use the CE marking on its own, without the UKNI marking.
Is there still a need for UK Declaration of Conformity?
Yes, the UK Declaration of Conformity is a document which must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking, however, the information required on the Declaration of Conformity will be largely the same as what is currently required on an EU Declaration of Conformity.
From 1 January 2021 the UK standards will be the same in substance and with the same reference as the standards used in the EU. However, they will use the prefix ‘BS’ to indicate that they are standards adopted by the British Standards Institution as the UK’s national standards body.
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