||UK Regulatory Requirements after BREXIT
The outcome of the BREXIT referendum has resulted in the UK leaving the EU as of 31. January 2020 at which date a transition period has started. This current transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and the new UK regulation based on the UKCA marking will enter into force on January 1st 2021.
However, the UK government has recently announced that under certain conditions, products with CE mark can continue to be placed on the UK market until 31. December 2021 (which means an additional transition period of 1 year).
The timeline is as follows:
• Until 31 December 2021, products can be placed on the UK market based on the CE mark.
• Starting from 1 January 2021, and up to 31 December 2021, products can be placed on the UK market based on either (a) the new UKCA mark, or (b) based on the current CE mark. However, if based on the new UKCA mark, these products must also have the UK-specific DofC.
• Starting 1 January 2022, ALL products must have the new UKCA mark and the UK-specific DofC.
An exception to the above is Northern Ireland. Although being part of the UK, Northern Ireland will continue to accept the CE mark even after the 31 December 2021 for conformity assessment based on self-certification and mandatory conformity assessment carried out through an EU body.