Ensuring continuity of market access for your products and services to the UK and European markets in 2021 and beyond

January 2021: The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) Single Market and Customs Union on 31 December 2020. The UK Government and the European Commission agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) enabling tariff free passage of goods. New economic markets were created with their own regulatory conformity frameworks – which will have an impact on product conformity assessment, product marking and market access.

This means:

  • For market access to Great Britain (England, Wales & Scotland): The UK Government will continue to recognise the CE Mark for existing products placed onto the GB market until 1 January 2022, and any new products from 1 January 2021 require the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) Mark issued by a UK Approved Body for goods placed on the market in Great Britain. The UKCA marking covers most goods which were previously subject to the CE marking. The UKCA mark cannot be used for goods placed on the EU or NI market.
  • For market access to Europe (including Northern Ireland): The EU will continue to require products to be CE marked to gain entry for sale in mainland Europe, on the basis that the mark is issued by an EU-based Notified Body.
  • For market access to Northern Ireland: If businesses are using a UK Body to conduct mandatory third-party conformity assessment, they will need to apply the UKNI marking from 1 January 2021. UKNI marking cannot be applied on its own – it always accompanies an EU conformity marking, such as the CE marking.

How Intertek can support you today to gain market access to the EU, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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