Following the UK’s departure from the EU, companies are now required to obtain the new UKCA marking and the UK Declarations of Conformity (DoC) if they want to ship their products into the Great Britain region.
What is UKCA Marking?
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods. For Northern Ireland, the CE marking can still be used.
The UKCA marking came into effect on January 1, 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until January1, 2022. After that the newly imported products must bear the new UKCA marking.
How to get the UKCA Marking?
The Directive for UKCA is The Radio Equipment Regulations 2017. This Directive includes:
- Safety (LVD, Heath)
- electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
- Radio spectrum
First we need to do the testing on the product. Once all testing is completed and passed, and all relevant documentation is compiled, an UK Declaration of Conformity (DoC) will be prepared. Note a local representative will be required to sign off on the DoC before the product can be taken to market.
UK Declaration of Conformity
The UK Declaration of Conformity is a document which must be drawn up for most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking. We recommend that manufacturers have a separate UK Declaration of Conformity to their EU Declaration of Conformity.
In the document you as the manufacturer, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), should:
- declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
- make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant)
The UK Declaration of Conformity should be available to market surveillance authorities on request.
The information required on the Declaration of Conformity is largely the same as what was required on an EU Declaration of Conformity.
How to use the UKCA Marking?
In most cases, you must apply the UKCA marking to the product itself or to the packaging. In some cases, it may be placed on the manuals or on other supporting literature. This will vary depending on the specific regulations that apply to the product.
UKCA markings must only be placed on a product by you as the manufacturer or your authorised representative (where permitted in the relevant legislation).
When affixing the UKCA marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant legislation.
What we do
TianHeng Consulting offer UKCA marking services with good pricing. For typical wireless devices that already have CE marking, the UKCA cost can be as low as $500.00.