The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new product marking for UK products that will be placed on the market in Great Britain. This covers goods which previously required the CE marking. This came into effect on 1st January 2021, however businesses have been given time to adjust and have a transition period which ends on 1st January 2022.
The FIA (Fire Industry Association) have recently been in constant communication with the government voicing their concerns of the fire safety industry on the impact of implementing the new UKCA mark. The transition could end up costing our industry sectors millions of pounds and take many months to implement, going over the initial transition period that the government has suggested. As a member of the fire safety industry and a fire safety industry manufacturer, we share concerns with the FIA regarding the UKCA Mark. Extending the transition process to 36 months would allow sufficient time to prepare for the change which would see many businesses that rely on being compliant to stay open, the time to implement the UKCA Marking.
It is important for consumers to remember that the UKCA mark is not required until 1st January 2022 and CE marked products can still be used in the fire industry.
The FIA has assured us all that this is a priority and have provided on their website details of correspondence they have had with the government.