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UCKA Certification Services

UKCA Mark Certification Services

General Information:

The UKCA mark is evidence that a product complies with Brittan’s new mandatory certification scheme.  As part of the EU, the UK was under the CE Mark regulatory compliance requirements.  Now that they have exited the EU, the British have implemented a new but similar certification structure.  Much the same as the CE Mark the UKCA Mark is generally a self-certification process required on much of the same types of products as specified under the CE Mark.

UKCA Implementation:

The UKCA Mark must be placed on either the product or the accompanying documentation by 1/1/2023 unless the product type falls under a special case category in which case the mark would generally have to be on the product.  Barring a few exceptions, after 1/1/2026, the UKCA mark must be placed directly on the product.  The mark itself must not be less than 5mm high.  See mark illustration below.

UKCA Mark Details:

As mentioned above the process for implementing the UKCA Mark is quite similar to the CE Mark.  Under the CE scheme, a manufacturer would select the CE Directives that are applicable to his/her product, and then apply the applicable Harmonized standards under those directives to demonstrate conformance.  Now instead of CE Directives, the UK has implemented Regulations that are similar to the CE Directives.  See below for a list of disciplines and product types covered by British Regulations:

  • Toy safety
  • *Recreational craft and personal watercraft
  • Simple pressure vessels
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments
  • Measuring instruments
  • Lifts
  • *ATEX
  • Radio equipment
  • *Pressure equipment
  • *Personal protective equipment
  • Gas appliances
  • Machinery
  • Equipment for use outdoors
  • Ecodesign
  • Aerosols
  • Low voltage electrical equipment
  • Restriction of hazardous substances

Products covered by the UKCA marking but have some special rules:

  • *Medical devices
  • Rail interoperability
  • *Construction products
  • Civil explosives

Note: Regulations in bold font allow for self-declaration of conformity
* Not all categories of equipment can be self-declared

Instead of Harmonized standards the UK has specified Designated Standards to be used to show conformity with relevant Regulations.  Currently EU Harmonized standards are also recognized as UKCA Designated standards.

Current Challenges Navigating UKCA Certification

  1. Determining the most effective method to translate CE documentation to UKCA requirements
  2. UKCA certification requirements are numerous and complex. Products require compliance with multiple UKCA Regulations.  Some common ones are listed below:
  • Safety (LVEE)
  • EMC
  • Wireless (Radio),
  • Hazardous Substances (ROHS),
  • Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products, Etc.

Which of these apply to your products and how can you demonstrate compliance with them?

  1. Companies new to UKCA type requirements or with new product types submit products for certification late in the game to find that they have multiple discrepancies.

How Can We Help?

As a provider of homologation management services, G&M’s team is required to have a solid grasp of regulatory requirements along with the ability to align certification programs to our customer’s needs.  Because of our focus on customer needs we have implemented a model using our technical and procedural knowledge to streamline certification programs.  We have the background to overcome potential UKCA hurdles by:

  • Identifying documentation from existing CE files that can be leveraged for UKCA
  • Identifying all applicable UK regulations and prescribe a means to efficiently comply
  • Provide preliminary evaluations to identify any major findings earlier in the product development cycle

Demonstrating compliance to the Medical Regulation requires risk management to ascertain risks posed by these types of products.  G&M’s team has been assisting customers in this area from the start as a partner not a conformity assessment body.  Our team is experienced in hazard analysis and what it should look like in your technical file.

Depending on the certification program, documentation and testing for the UKCA mark can be very complex or fairly simple.  Trust G&M to get you through the process fast and efficiently

For more information, additional questions, or to request a quote – Please submit an online RFQContact Us, or call.

If this is your first time certifying a particular type of equipment, or certifying equipment to new standards, we highly recommend a Preliminary Inspection.  Preliminary Inspections are a quick and inexpensive way to detect the following before it’s too late:

  • Design Deficiencies
  • Incorrect Component Types
  • Lack of Product Documentation
  • Testing Failures

This is a question that has plagued manufacturers seeking compliance with CE Directives and one that will likely continue with the newer UKCA Regulations.  One equipment category affected by ambiguity in the definition of Machinery is Laboratory and Control/Measurement equipment.  Much of this type of equipment that was once considered to be addressed by the Low Voltage Directive for CE may fall under the scope of the Machinery Regulation for UKCA.  G&M has extensive experience in tailoring Machinery Regulation programs for Laboratory, and Control/Measurement equipment.  Call us for more information regarding this issue.

We have found that often times certification bottlenecks can occur within a manufacturer’s organization.  As a result, we offer a service to provide internal help managing regulatory certification tasks.  Because G&M is not a certification body, we are in a unique position to offer valuable regulatory expertise without any conflict of interest issues.  In such cases we place G&M certification experts into our customers’ organizations to manage the certification process for them.  Once on the inside, our managers can leverage G&Ms collective experience to guide certification processes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  To learn more about this service see our Homologation Management Service Page.  
Untimely expirations of certificates can cause delays in product deliveries.  Re-certification of products will generally be treated as new submittals instead of certificate renewals.  This can be time-consuming and costly.  G&M provides a web-based certification tracking system that alerts users when expirations are coming, provides on-line storage of important certification documentation, and is searchable by certification specific criteria.  For more information on this system see our CATS page.