In contrast to most of the labels supplied by PAT Labels Online (including service and inspection stickers, asset labels and health and safety stickers), we are not yet used to seeing UKCA labels on everyday products. However, this is soon to change.
When Britain left the EU on the 31st of January 2020, many of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the process, and what would happen to the standards and procedures which had been established regarding national and international trade, remained uncertain. The period until the end of that year was therefore designated a ‘transition period’, during which many of these details could be finalized. After a phase of intense legislative activity including the creation of the new UKCA mark, 2020 drew to a close, and new rules for all businesses and organisations came into effect.
UKCA stands for ‘United Kingdom – Conformity Assessed’, and the UKCA mark now covers most of the goods which previously required a CE marking. No blanket changes to the technical requirements or the conformity assessment processes for putting goods on the market in the UK have resulted from the Brexit process, however traders making self-declaration of conformity should now begin using UKCA marking labels. Out of consideration for businesses and the time it takes them to adjust, the government have allowed some products to continue to be sold using the old CE markings for a few more months. But by the end of 2021, all products previously supplied displaying CE stickers will have to have UKCA marking stickers instead.
Made from the same high-quality materials and to the same high standards as our other lines, these new UKCA stickers are available in a range of designs, including specific types for goods produced by the individual nations within the UK. Contact us to learn more.