UKCA Marking:  

The UKCA marking is the new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). Over time it will effectively replace the CE Marking that has been used on products for a long time. 

Although it is called UKCA it cannot be used for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland , here CE Marking remains for the forseeabble future , although for some situations it may be used in conjunction with UKNI Marking  (although goods with both the CE and UKNI marking cannot be placed on the market in the EU).

Like the CE Marking before it, UKCA Marking will start to appear on a wide range of  products (from teddy bears to 30-ton hydraulic presses) and will indicate it complies with ALL UK regulations that relate to hat type of products. The UKCA Marking of a product is mandatory if the product falls under one of the appropriate UK Regulations. The converse is also true, if a product is not covered by an appropriate directive then it should not carry the UKCA marking.  It should be noted that the UKCA Marking also covers aerosols which were previously covered under  the ‘reverse epsilon’ marking.

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The UKCA marking came into effect on the 1st January 2021. However, to give time to sort things out the CE Marking can still be used until 1st January 2022 in most cases. however there are some instances were it needs to be applied immediately i.e. 

The new UKCA Marking needs to be used before 1st January 2002 if ALL of the below apply ,

  • The product is for the market in Great Britain

  • It is covered by legistlation that requires UKCA Marking

  • It requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment 

  • the conformioty assessment has been carried out by a UK Conformity Assessment Body. 

The above however doesn;t apply to existing stock that had been already CE Marked prior to 1st January 2021 .

GB Designated Standards: 


Whenever possible, it is good to use standards to support the claims of compliance with various regualtions. Prior to leaving the EU , European harmonized standards where used and , provided these were identified in the Official Journal for the Directive in question, these gave a "presumption of conformity". 

Now the UK is no longer within the EU, all harmonised standards that gave presumption of conformity with EU law became GB designated standards, which businesses can use to provide presumption of conformity with GB law. These are standards which are recognised by the UK Government in part or in full by publishing its reference on the GOV.UK web site. Depending on the product, a designated standard may come from one (or more) of the  below standardisation bodies.


  • British Standards Institution (BSI)

  • European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)

  • European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC)

  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)


Statement: Petts Consulting Ltd will provide an Organization with the knowledge of the Directives and an appropriate process which, when applied correctly will demonstrate due-diligence. However, the CE-marking is the manufacturers claim that the product meets the essential requirements of all relevant European Directives. In many cases the process to be carried out is a self-declaration process and the responsibility for any decisions lie with the management of the Company. During the course of the project Petts Consulting Limited will provide guidance and advice but ultimately it cannot be held responsible for such decisions.