On January 30, 2020, the European Union officially approved the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. On January 31, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union. The UK is currently in a transition period to leave the EU, which will last until December 31, 2020. After the UK leaves the EU, there will be an impact on the eligibility assessment of products entering the market.
The UK will continue to accept CE marks, including those issued by an EU-designated body, until 31 December 2021. Existing UK certification agencies will be automatically upgraded to UKCA NB and listed in the UK version of Nando database, and the 4-number NB number will remain unchanged. In order to be used to identify NB body recognized by the use of or in the market circulation of the CE mark products. The UK will open applications to other EU NB bodies in early 2019, and will be authorised to issue NB certificates for UKCA NB bodies.
From 1 January 2021, products new to the UK market will be required to carry the UKCA mark. For goods already on the UK market (or within the EU) before 1 January 2021, no operation is required.
The UKCA mark, like the CE mark, is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that the product complies with the standards set out in the statute, and to mark the product after self-declaration in accordance with the prescribed procedures. The manufacturer can seek a qualified third party laboratory for testing to prove that the product meets the relevant standards, and issue AOC Certificate of Conformity, on which basis the manufacturer's self-declaration DOC can be issued. The DoC needs to contain the manufacturer's name and address, the model number of the product and other key parameters.