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UK safety mark could add to red tape

[ February 1, 2022   //   ]

The new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark could create further headaches for shippers to the EU, says broker ParcelHero. Currently, a wide range of products manufactured or distributed in the UK and the EU are required to carry the EU’s CE mark to show that they meet European legal requirements.

However, from 1 January 2023, the new UKCA logo will need to be displayed on many items sold in the UK.

Many products sold in the UK will need to have packaging, marketing and stamping changed to show they meet UKCA regulations, in case UK and EU regulations start to diverge. If they so so, it is likely that the results of conformity assessment tests carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU and it will no longer be possible to sell UKCA-passed products within the EU without reassessment by EU bodies.

UK-made goods may have to meet two sets of safety regulations and could create significant red tape for UK manufacturers, says ParcelHero.

It adds that the Government now says that the UKCA marking alone will not be permissible for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market.