Marking of products on the market of the United Kingdom
Brexit also affects the CE marking of products: During a transitional period until 30 June 2025, construction products from the EU sold on the British market may still bear the CE marking. After that, only the UKCA mark will be permitted – the newly developed British conformity mark.
With the UK’s exit from the EU, the procedure for product marking will also change. Until now, the following also applied to Great Britain: Products that are sold within the EU and for which an EU product standard exists (this applies to flooring, for example) must meet the requirements of this standard – this is verified with the CE mark.
Instead of the EU product standards, so-called Designated Standards now apply in Great Britain, which correspond to the harmonised EU product standards in terms of content. Compliance with these British standards is marked with a newly developed conformity mark – the UKCA mark. The required inspections and tests can – according to the current status – only be carried out by British certification bodies (UKCA Approved Bodies). From 30 June 2025, product labelling for construction products is only permitted with the UKCA mark, the CE mark is then no longer permitted, for other products, the recognition of the CE mark on the UK market has been extended indefinitely.
The original deadline was 1 January 2023 – the deadline (for construction products) was extended by the UK government at the end of 2022, for others at the beginning of 2023 (see also update below).
UPDATE August 2023: Extension of CE recognition in the UK does not apply to construction products
The extension of the recognition of CE-marked products in Great Britain announced by the British government on 1 August 2023 does not apply to construction products! Although many product groups may continue to be placed on the UK market with a European CE marking after December 2024 for an unlimited period of time, the December 2022 deadline for construction products remains in place: after 30 June 2025, construction products placed on the UK market must bear the UKCA marking.
Subject to change without notice; last updated: August 23rd, 2023