Government extends UKCA deadline to 2025

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The UK government has extended the deadline for the implementation of the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark and will continue to recognise the CE marking until June 2025. It had been due to be implemented on 1 January 2022 with a 31 December 2022 deadline.

The UKCA marking has been introduced as part of the UK’s own regulatory framework post-Brexit. It shows that products comply with UK product safety regulations that are designed to protect consumers.

In light of the economic crisis and the extra assessment and administrative burdens faced by businesses, the government announced in early December that the transition to the UKCA mark would be delayed. This will come as a relief to many sectors, including engineering, that have been calling for an extension to the deadline due to the lack of approved testing bodies.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This move will give businesses the breathing space and flexibility they need at this crucial time and ensure that our future system for product safety marking is fit for purpose, providing the highest standard for consumers without harming businesses.”

For more on the UKCA, visit bit.ly/UKCA_marking

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