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UKCA marking: Obtain Access to UK Market
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is a conformity mark that demonstrates your product meets all the relevant UK regulations before it can enter the UK product market. If you want to enter the product market of England, Wales and Scotland, it is compulsory for your product to carry this mark.
What is a UKCA certification?
It is mandatory for all manufacturers whose products fall within the applicable UK marking directives and regulations to get UKCA certification before they can access the UK market. If an importer markets the product under its own name, it assumes the responsibilities of the manufacturer, and must apply the UKCA marking itself.
UKCA marking is mandatory for manufacturers in the following product groups:
- Recreational craft and personal watercraft
- Simple pressure vessels
- Electromagnetic compatibility
- Non-automatic weighing instruments
- Measuring instruments
- Measuring container bottles
- Equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres (UKEX)
- Radio equipment
- Pressure equipment
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Gas appliances
- Equipment for use outdoors
- Low voltage electrical equipment
There are also a few product groups that require UKCA marking but have some (additional) specific rules, such as involvement of a UKAS (The United Kingdom Accreditation Service) approved notified body conformity assessment. These specific rules exist for the following product groups:
- Medical devices
- Rail interoperability
- Construction products
- Civil explosives
- Marine equipment
- Energy using products
- Transportable pressure equipment
- Hazardous substances (RoHS)
Lastly, different rules apply to products that fall under other regulatory frameworks, such as:
- Veterinary medicines
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How to get UKCA certification
The process of getting your product UKCA marked, is essentially the same as it is for CE marking. The technical (or, essential) requirements your product must meet to obtain the UKCA marking are dependent on the specific legislations of the product group it falls under. Generally, manufacturers can perform self certification. This entails compiling a technical file, performing a risk assessment, testing, ensuring correct information and warnings, including compiling the UKCA Declaration of Conformity. However, a third-party, such as Certification Experts, is often chosen by the manufacturer as this process is time consuming, and requires a specific know-how and test facilities that they do not always have. Once we become your full-service compliance partner, we take the following steps to ensure you obtain the UKCA mark:
- Identifying the lawful requirements your product needs to meet
- Establishing what the procedure of getting the certification mark will then look like
- Verify the usability of existing test- and assessment report(s) for the UKCA compliance
- Composing the UKCA Declaration of Conformity and marking the product
- Ensure the product has the correct UKCA label on it
- The product can now be sold on the UK market
Additionally, when you want to bring a high-risk product onto the market, you need to execute a conformity assessment procedure with an accredited third-party.
If you are located outside of the UK, and you want to bring your product onto the UK market, you may need a UK Authorised Representative (UK AR) or UK Responsible Person (UKRP) to act as a liaison between you and the competent national authorities. Certification Experts can act as your UK Authorised Representative.
The Different roles within UKCA marking
The different roles within the process of UKCA certification are specified for each economic operator. An ‘economic operator’ refers to the manufacturer, the UK Authorised Representative (UK AR), the importer, the distributor, or any other natural or legal person who is subject to obligations in relation to the manufacturer of products, who makes them available on the market or puts them into service in accordance with the relevant Union harmonisation legislation. The table below provides a general overview of the roles of each economic operator.
|Any natural or legal person who manufactures a product or has a product designed or manufactured, and markets that product under its name or trademark.
|Must understand both the design and construction of the product and carry out the applicable conformity assessment or have it carried out, to be able to take the responsibility for the product being in compliance with all provisions of the relevant legislation (UKCA Regulations).
Must draw up a declaration of conformity and place the UKCA marking visibly, legibly, and indelibly to the product.
Must draw up technical documentation and a UK declaration of conformity and keep both for 10 years after a product has been placed on the GB market.
|Any natural or legal person established within the UK who places a product from outside the UK onto its market for distribution.
|Has a key role to play in guaranteeing the compliance of imported products. Herein an importer must assure that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer and that the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, affixed UKCA mark to the product, fulfilled his traceability obligations and accompanied, where relevant, the product by the instructions and safety information in a language easily understood by consumers and other end-users, as determined by the Member State concerned.
|UK Authorised Representative (UK AR)
|Any natural or legal person established within the UK who has received a written mandate from a manufacturer to act on its behalf in relation to specified tasks with regard to the manufacturer’s obligations under the relevant legislation or under the requirements of the applicable regulations.
|Affix the UKCA mark.
Keep the UK Declaration of Conformity and the technical documentation at the disposal of national surveillance authorities and cooperate with them at their request.
Provide a competent national authority with all the information and documentation necessary to demonstrate the conformity of a product, upon their request.
Cooperate with these authorities to eliminate the risks posed by products covered by their mandate.
|Any natural or legal person in the supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes a product available on the UK market.
|The distributor must be able to identify the manufacturer, their UK AR, the importer or the person who has provided him with the product in order to assist the market surveillance authority in its efforts to obtain the UK DoC and the necessary parts of the technical documentation. They must also:
ensure that the product bears the UKCA mark
Ensure that the product is accompanied by the relevant documents (e.g. UK DoC)
Ensure that the product is accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language which can be easily understood by consumers and other end- users if required by the applicable legislation.
Ensure that the manufacturer and importer have indicated their name, registered trade name or trademark and the address at which they can be contacted on the product or, when this is not possible, that the product bears a type, batch or serial number or other element allowing the identification of the product.
Please remember that the obligations of these economic operators are not limited to those listed above. You should always check the specific legislations for the full list of responsibilities.
General Product Safety
If you make, import, distribute or sell products in the UK, you need to understand the basics of product safety law. You must comply with the regulations for specific product types. If none apply, you must comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR).
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UK Compliance (UKCA)UKCA compliance services are essential due to the UK’s departure from the EU. After Brexit, products entering the UK market must adhere to the UKCA marking standards to demonstrate compliance with local safety and performance regulations. These services ensure that businesses can continue selling products in the UK, maintain consumer trust, and navigate the updated regulatory environment effectively. Certifications Experts will help you enter the UK market with your products. We offer complete compliance guidance and expert services in order to ensure your product is compliant with the UKCA marking legislation.
UKCA Declaration of ConformityA UKCA Declaration of Conformity is an official document in which the manufacturer declares that their product is in compliance with the essential requirements of the applicable UKCA Statutory Instruments. This document is mandatory as it is necessary to be able to acquire UKCA marking. Certification Experts has both the knowledge and international experience to help you draw up a suitable UKCA Declaration of Conformity for your product, thereby ensuring that your product is safe and will be able to enter the market.
UK Responsible Person (UKRP)As of Brexit, the MHRA requires manufacturers who are based outside of the UK to assign a UK Responsible Person (UKRP). A UKRP is essentially an Authorised Representative UK for manufacturers of Medical Devices and will generally fulfil the same role in accordance with the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (SI 2002 No 618, as amended) (UK MDR). They are a registered legal party based within the UK that acts as a liaison between a manufacturer outside of the UK and the MHRA. UKCA Experts (part of Certification Experts) act on behalf of a manufacturer established outside of the United Kingdom as their UKRP.
UK Authorised RepresentationUKCA Experts (part of Certification Experts) act on behalf of a manufacturer established outside of the United Kingdom in relation to specified tasks with regard to the manufacturer’s obligations under these regulations we operate in various sectors such as Machinery, Electronics, Medical Devices, Consumer Product, Toys, Personal Protective Equipment, Boats and more.
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