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Extension of CE Marking

Today, the Department for Business & Trade (DBT) has announced that the CE marking will be indefinitely recognised on the GB market, beyond the original 2024 deadline, for some particular sectors.

The relaxation covers the following 18 regulations which are covered by DBT:

  • Toys

  • Pyrotechnics

  • Recreational craft and personal watercraft

  • Simple pressure vessels

  • Electromagnetic compatibility

  • Non-automatic weighing instruments

  • Measuring instruments

  • Measuring container bottles

  • Lifts

  • Equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres

  • Radio equipment

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Gas appliances

  • Machinery

  • Equipment for use outdoors

  • Aerosols

  • Low Voltage electrical equipment

There are different rules for medical devices, construction products, cableways, transportable pressure equipment, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products, marine equipment and ecodesign. If your products fall under these regulations, you should continue to work towards the UKCA deadlines as set by the relevant government department.

Prior to today’s announcement, UK businesses who sell products which are covered by the above listed regulations, would have had to ensure their goods bear the UKCA mark to be sold on the UK internal market. Despite the previously planned divergence in conformality marking, to date the UK’s regulations have continued to align with the European standards.

This announcement was described by the Department for Business & Trade as supporting businesses by “eas[ing] business burdens and help[ing] grow the economy by cutting barriers and red tape”. The Business Minister explained that “by extending CE marking use across the UK, firms can focus their time and money on creating jobs and growing the economy”.

With regards to Northern Ireland, the CE Mark will have continued to have been mandatory in Northern Ireland (regardless of this decision), as per the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol and Windsor Framework.

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