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Last edited 18 Sep 2021
UK Conformity Assessed UKCA
In March 2019, the Government passed legislation which came into effect on 1 January 2021 to make arrangements for the regulation of products after EU Exit. This legislation resulted in the introduction of the UKCA (UK conformity assessed) product marking system.
 Harmonisation under the new approach
UKCA marking is intended to give the UK control over its goods regulations. It also allows the UK to maintain product safety standards for most goods which previously required the CE marking (including goods covered by the EU's new approach directive as well as aerosol products that previously required reverse epsilon marking). The parameters of the new approach were developed in the early 1980s and established in the 'Council Resolution of 7 May 1985 on a New Approach to technical harmonisation and standards'. They defined the essential requirements (or common toolkit of regulatory measures) that products need to meet when they are put on the market.
 Markings for construction goods
- Construction products including, but not exclusive to, cements, concrete and mortar, precast, masonry, structural metallics, insulation, roofing coverings, membranes and liquid waterproofing, wood-based panels, doors, windows, structural timber, fire stopping, sealing and production products.
- Road construction products including, but not exclusive to, surface treatments, bitumen and bituminous mixtures, bridge deck waterproofing and liquid applied waterproofing.
Construction goods lawfully marked with the CE mark and placed on the EU market before the end of the Brexit transition period are being permitted to circulate until they reach their end user, whether they are in the UK or the EU.
 Specifics for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland will continue to recognise the CE marking for goods placed on the market in Northern Ireland. Goods providers and manufacturers in Northern Ireland are required to use the UKNI marking if they use a UKCA body to test their products.
 Adoption of UKCA marking postponed
The decision came after lobbying revealed that there was insufficient availability or capacity for UKCA testing to be completed by the original deadline (December 2021). This shortage applied to many products needing third party conformity assessment, including construction products.
 Related articles
- BBA becomes an Approved Body for UKCA Marking.
- CE marking in the construction industry.
- CLC publishes Conformity Marking of Construction Guide.
- Construction Products Regulation CPR.
- Deadline for CE marked products extended to 1 January 2023.
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