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UK extends UKCA mark deadline

UK: The UK government has extended the deadline for the implementation of the UKCA mark until the end of next year, following successful lobbying from industry groups.

Post Brexit, the UK government had announced that new UKCA product mark would replace the EU CE mark by the end of this year, but industry groups had warned that a lack of testing facilities made this deadline unachievable.

Actuate UK, which represents the engineering services sector and includes such bodies as CIBSE, the contractors association BESA, and manufacturers group FETA, had warned of “serious consequences” if the deadline was not extended.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today announced that the UKCA mark will not now need to be used until 1 January 2023.

“Businesses are encouraged to be ready for full implementation of the new UK regime as soon as possible. However, to allow businesses time to adjust, CE marked goods in scope of this guidance that meet EU requirements (where these match UK requirements) can continue to be placed on the GB market until 1 January 2023 where EU and UK requirements remain the same,” BEIS says.

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