The Brexit detached the UK from the EU in 2020. Since then, the exit from the EU single market and customs unions has repeatedly led to problems in bilateral trading.
The British government has now given in to pressure from industry and manufacturers and is retaining the EU's tried-and-tested safety mark.
Originally, the CE mark was to be replaced with the new British UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark at the end of 2024 and used for products sold in the UK.
The new UK mark is merely a mirroring of EU regulations. However, the UKCA mark is not recognized in EU countries. Companies will also incur huge additional costs as a result of the planned change, prompting increasing pressure on the government to abandon the plans.
The good news:
The government is foregoing the changeover for an uncertain period of time, leaving companies the choice of using the new UKCA mark or the standard EC safety mark, which is accepted in the EU, to sell their products in the U.K. from the end of 2024 onward.
UK Secretary of State for Business Kevin Hollinrake welcomes the decision, saying, "Extending CE marking across the UK will allow companies to focus their time and money on job generation and economic growth." This regulation will ultimately benefit consumers as well.
This decision may change at any time!
The decision affects these 18 directives, which fall under the Department for Business and Trade (DBT):
- 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
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
- gas appliances
- equipment for use outdoors
- low voltage electrical equipment
The proven Lauer CE-Safety is at your side for the safety of your plants and machines, and also to assist you with any questions you may have about placing your goods on the UK market.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!