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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

UKCA Guidance: January 2021

Changes to UKCA certification and marking will soon begin to affect companies who sell product within, or import product into the UK.

The current CMP ATEX certificates are held within an EU27 country and remain valid in the UK for 12 months from 01 January 2021. Meanwhile, UK Approved Bodies have been unable to issue UKCA certificates prior to this date.

The UKCA mark is not mandatory for any products manufactured by CMP before 01 January 2022, however CMP Products is already well-prepared for the transition, with regards to both explosive atmosphere and industrial products.

Having discussed the situation with the Notified Body CML (Certification Management Limited), we will begin to put new UKCA certificates in place, from this month (January 2021). These certificates will be issued well in advance of the 2022 deadline.

CMP is strongly positioned to absorb and react to the latest guidance as it is discussed then published. Jonathan Hichens, CMP’s Lead Certification Engineer, is a current and active member of the committee ‘L/6/10 IECEx National Committee of the United Kingdom and ATEX UK Notified Body Group‘ with what were the UK ATEX Notified Bodies, and now are UK “Approved Bodies” for UKCA certification – and meets with them regularly.

The subject of UKCA Certification has been discussed in detail with members of BEIS (UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) who look to the Committee for guidance.

Key points to note are:

  • CMP will continue to export product into Europe with CE marking exactly as it does at the moment, with no changes to any of its current certification.
  • As CMP’s ATEX certification is held within an EU27 country and our product is CE marked, this current certification will remain valid for sale until 31 December 2021.
  • UK Approved Bodies have been unable to issue UKCA certificates prior to 01 January 2021.
  • With offices in the UK and Europe, the Notified Body, CML (Certification Management Limited) is well placed to provide continuity on CMP’s existing ATEX and new UK certificates.
  • CE-marked industrial (non-hazardous, or safe area) products can be additionally marked with UKCA, provided that a new UK Declaration/Attestation of Conformity is documented. These are almost identical to the existing EU Declarations/Attestations of conformity. This is also not mandatory until 1st January 2022, as the CE Mark will still be accepted in the UK.

This has been a dynamic and constantly changing subject for everyone involved, with clear and confirmed guidance from the UK Government only recently being released. We wish to assure you that CMP is well-positioned to guide our customers through the transition.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our online contact form, or by calling 0191 265 7411.