You will need UKCA marking, if you place your equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres / hazardous locations on the market in Great Britain.
UKCA marking has been introduced on 1 January, 2021, after which manufacturers can use it on a voluntary basis, if their products already have CE marking. There is a transition period until 31 December, 2022, when Great Britain continues to recognise CE marking. From 1 January, 2023, all ATEX related products need to be UKCA (UKEx) certified, products with CE marking accompanied with a UKCA certificate can still be shipped. From 1 January, 2023, UKCA physical marking on the products will be mandatory and CE marking will no longer be recognised.
DEKRA is in the process of becoming a UK Approved Body by the National Accreditation Body of the UK (UKAS), which is expected to be completed in Q4 in 2021. Once this process is complete, DEKRA will be able to provide both UKCA and CE certificates. We have also made partner agreements to have UKCA certificates issued based on DEKRA ATEX or IECEx certificates, which ensures the continuing support to our customers before DEKRA becomes a UK Approved Body (UKAB).
If you have CE marking for your equipment from DEKRA Certification BV (0344), DEKRA Testing and Certification GmbH (0158) or another EU Notified Body, your certificate remains valid in the European Economic Area. If you are located in Great Britain, you need to appoint an authorised representative or responsible person based in the EU, EEA or Northern Ireland in order to place goods on the market in the EU.
We work cooperatively to minimize the additional activities required for UKCA marking where our customers already have CE (ATEX) marking. Where possible, we will combine the UKCA assessment with your existing CE marking schedule. Additionally, if you have CE marking with another EU Notified Body, DEKRA is still able to provide UKCA marking for these products.
Do you have any questions for us about this topic? Please contact your usual contact at DEKRA.
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