Brexit Update - September 2022

One of the first blog posts I wrote concerned BREXIT, a hot topic in 2020. Still a hot topic, here’s a summary of the latest Brexit developments (as per the UK government website, August 2022.)

06 September 2022

The date when CE marking ceases to give market access to the GB market is December 31, 2022. Consequently, from 1 January 2023, the UKCA marking must be used on most products placed on the GB market (see below for concerned legislations/regulations). This also includes goods that have been assessed by an EU recognized notified body.

If your product was placed on the GB market with the CE mark before the end of 2022, in most cases it does not need to be remarked to UKCA requirements and can continue to circulate on the GB market until it reaches the end of its use. For existing imported stock of products that have been manufactured, CE-marked and imported under contract into the GB market before the end of 2022, there is no need to re-test or re-mark.

One piece of good news from the UK Government is that they will introduce new and updated legislation allowing manufacturers place the UKCA mark on a label affixed to the product or on a document accompanying the product. This exemption is proposed to end on December 31, 2025.

The UK government will also be introducing legislation to reduce re-certification/re-testing costs for the UKCA marking. I would assume that this legislation will focus on products that where assessed and certified by an European Notified Body prior to end of 2022.

Please read more about UKCA at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-market-in-great-britain#full-publication-update-history

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking

Legislation concerning UKCA marking affect the following UK Regulations:

  • Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Outdoor Use Regulations 2001
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
  • Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010
  • Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
  • Explosives Regulations 2014
  • Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
  • Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Lifts Regulations 2016
  • Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
  • Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
Regulations 2016
  • Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
  • Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
  • Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
  • Regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment as it applies in GB
  • Regulation 2016/426 on gas appliances as it applies in GB

Fredrik Wennersten, 
Chief Certification Officer at Intertek’s NCB (National Certification Body) in Sweden

 

In this role, I am responsible for Intertek’s S-mark – a third party conformity assessment certification scheme founded back in 1926 – issued ENEC 14 licenses under the European Testing Inspection Certification System ETICS as ENEC Certification Body and issued IECEE CB Scheme certificates issued under the National Certification Body Intertek SEMKO AB. I am also responsible for Intertek’s European Notified Body 0143 for the EU Radio Directive (RED) and EMC Directive and for Intertek’s GSO (Gulf Standardization Body) G-mark Notified Body 0017.

I am a member of several working groups and boards in the global and regional conformity assessment arena, including the Conformity Assessment Board of the global standardization organization IEC, monitoring the IECs four different conformity assessment systems IECEE, IECEx, IECRE and ICEQ. 

For Europe, I am a member of the board of ETICS, the organization running the European certification schemes ENEC and HAR, and for the Gulf Region, I am a member of the GSO (the standardization body for the Gulf region) G-mark Notified Body forum.

For Sweden, I have a close working relationship with Svensk Elstandard, the organization responsible for the publication of all Swedish standards in the electrotechnical area. I am a member of their Electrotechnical Board as well as the Chairman of their Conformity Assessment Board.

This blog will feature my own personal reflections on different topics related to electrical products and their regulatory requirements, directives and standards, as well as on conformity assessment systems and their internal organizational structure and functions.

Fredrik Wennersten

 

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