The Government has made an announcement regarding the transition to the UK marking ahead of the ending of recognition of CE marking on the 31 December 2022. You can find that announcement here.
The change will allow manufacturers with existing type tests from EU notified bodies under AVCP System 3, where the product was tested by the 31 December 2022, to affix the UK mark to their products, and to continue to supply them to the GB market without needing to be retested. You can find the latest government guidance here.
This is a welcomed move as it helps to keep products flowing while industry wrestles with many other significant challenges.
It is important to recognise, however, that there are still a number of significant questions that need to be worked through, such as the persistent shortfall in capacity of the UK certification and testing sector; ensuring that investment and innovation continue to be attracted in to the UK; and a range of more detailed and critical technical matters. Through the Construction Products Association, we will be pressing for further clarity on a number of pressing issues in particular:
- What is the position of products in the future placed on the market after the deadline, if UK testing and certification does not exist they will still be blocked from the market?
- How will the UK testing and certification capacity be encouraged to fill the gaps or will specialist product areas be allowed to use facilities outside the UK? This is also needed to ensure products being brought on to the UK market from outside the UK can be certified and tested without delay.
- In addition, there are still a significant number of standards to pass through the system, some critical to industry.
- Finally, the position in regard to EOTA data and formal confirmation of its use in the UK needs to be confirmed.
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