The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that it will allow, until 31st December 2024, products to be placed on the GB market on the basis of a CE mark. Prior to today CE marking would not, as of 1st January 2023, have been accepted as the basis for placing machinery on the GB market but this announcement means that CE marking remains a valid route for placing products on the GB market for a further 2 years.
This does not affect those manufacturers that have already, or plan to do so very shortly, the switch to using the UKCA mark as the basis for placing machinery on the GB market. That remains a valid conformity marking. Further, manufacturers that plan to apply the UKCA mark on the basis of a conformity assessment conducted by an EU recognised notified body now have until 31st December 2024 to obtain the relevant conformity assessment certificates from their EU-based notified body, rather than 31st December 2022. These certificates will remain valid until 31st December 2027 or until the certificate expires, whichever is soonest.
Of course, manufacturers based in Northern Ireland can, for the foreseeable future, continue to place products on the GB market on the basis of a CE mark and need not apply a UKCA mark.
Official BEIS guidance can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/ukca-marking-conformityassessment- and-documentation