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Regulating equipment and machinery when the transition period ends

The UK has left the EU and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.

New rules from January 2021 will ensure that only safe and compliant work equipment is placed on the market. This guidance will help you find out what you need to know to prepare and what you can do now.

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This page will be updated if anything changes. Last updated 18 September 2020.

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CE marked goods on the UK market

CE marked workplace products will be accepted in the UK until 1st January 2022. This includes workplace goods which have been assessed by an EU-recognised notified body.

Find out more about placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK.

The new UK mark

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is the new UK product mark for workplace products and other goods. From 1st January 2021 UKCA marking will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the UK market.

You should be ready to use the UKCA mark instead of CE marking as soon as possible. From 1 January 2022 you must use the UKCA mark on workplace goods products.

Up until 31 December 2022 the UKCA mark can be placed directly on the product or on an accompanying document. From 1 January 2023 the UKCA mark must be placed directly on the product. You should start building this into your design process so you can meet this requirement in time.

The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market.

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Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from 1 Jan 2021

Find out what you need to do if you are placing manufactured goods on the NI market from 1 Jan 2021

Using the UKNI marking from 1 January 2021

Find out if you will need to use the new UKNI marking and how to use it from 1 January 2021.

Placing workplace products and goods on the EU market

If you’ve already placed your goods on the market in an EU country (or in the UK) before 1st January 2021, you do not need to do anything new.

From 1 January 2021 to place workplace products and goods onto the EU market a conformity assessment must be done by an EU-recognised ‘Notified Body’. The UKCA mark will not be recognised for products being placed on the EU market.

Notified Bodies and Conformity Assessments

From 1st January 2021 UK-based ‘Notified Bodies’, who do not choose to continue to also meet EU requirements, will become UK Approved Bodies under UK legislation. UK Approved Bodies will not be able to apply a CE mark, (unless agreed as part of a future trade deal with the EU) but will instead apply the UKCA mark.

Find out more about how conformity assessment bodies will be affected from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK.

More information

Transition guidance on GOV.UK

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated 2020-11-13