Government extends CE mark recognition indefinitely
The Department of Business and Trade (DBT) has announced this week an indefinite extension for the use of CE marking.
This news comes just four months ahead of the December 2024 deadline, which itself was initially meant to take place on the 1st January 2022. From now on, businesses will be able to comply with either UKCA or CE marking in order to sell products in the UK.
Products that bear the CE mark signify that they adhere to safety compliance for sale within the extended Single Market in the European Economic Area (EEA). Following Brexit – Britain’s exit of the EU – the UK government implemented an equivalent system, the UKCA mark, to allow for the regulated sale of goods in the British market. With this latest announcement, any company selling products in the UK can use either the UKCA or CE system.
CE marking will continue to be accepted in the UK for the following 18 regulations that come under the DBT’s remit:
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
- recreational craft and personal watercraft
- simple pressure vessels
- electromagnetic compatibility
- non-automatic weighing instruments
- measuring instruments
- measuring container bottles
- equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX)
- radio equipment
- pressure equipment
- gas appliances
- equipment for use outdoors
- low voltage electrical equipment
This extension comes as part of a wider package of updated regulations “designed to help ease business burdens and help grow the economy”.
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