What is the difference between UKCA and CE marking?

The UKCA marking and CE marking are two different product conformity markings, and the key difference between them lies in their geographical scope and regulatory authority. Keep in mind that the government is planning to enact legislation that would extend recognition of goods meeting EU requirements, including the CE marking, indefinitely, beyond December 31, 2024, for many product categories.

CE Marking

CE marking is used for products placed on the market within the European Union (EU) and, in some cases, the European Economic Area (EEA). It signifies that a product complies with relevant EU directives, regulations, standards, and safety requirements.

UKCA Marking

UKCA marking is specifically for products placed on the market in the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is used to demonstrate that a product meets UK regulatory standards, which often align with former EU standards but can differ in some cases.

Conclusion

To summarize, the primary difference between UKCA and CE marking is their geographical applicability. CE marking is used for products within the EU and EEA, while UKCA marking is for products in the UK.

It is important to know that even though the UK government is planning to enact legislation that would extend recognition of goods meeting EU requirements, this can change in the future. If one of the markets alters their product requirements, it will not mean that the other market will adopt those changes. Please note, that national differences that arise from the UK legislation will need to taken into account, one must identify this in advance and adopt this in the documentation and/or construction and design which must proof compliance and safety of the product. For example, cord-connected products should be provided with a UK connection (plug). If you want to sell your product on both markets, please feel free to contact us, so we can help you with the applicable conformity assessment procedure.

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