Measures to support the transition to UKCA
The Government has announced plans to introduce measures to further support businesses transitioning to UKCA marking. The Government intends to:
reduce re-testing costs for UKCA certification, by allowing conformity assessment activities for CE marking completed by the 31 December 2022 to be used by manufacturers as the basis for applying a UKCA marking. This will reduce the immediate costs faced by manufacturers and will be valid until the expiry of their certificate or for 5 years (31 December 2027), whichever is sooner.
make clear there is no need to re-test existing imported stock, as these products will be considered already placed on the market In Great Britain (GB). This will prevent the costly, and unnecessary re-labelling of existing stock for businesses.
make clear that spare parts that repair, replace or maintain goods already on the GB market can meet the same requirements that were in place at the time the original product or system was placed on the GB market. This will allow products and goods requiring spare parts to continue to be maintained.
continue to allow businesses to affix the UKCA marking, and to include importer information for products from EEA countries (and in some cases Switzerland), on an accompanying document or label until 31 December 2025. This will allow business to adjust their product design to accommodate marking changes at a convenient and cost-effective time.
These changes do not apply to medical devices, construction products, transportable pressure equipment, cableways, unmanned aircraft systems, rail products and marine equipment.
Updated guidance on these changes can be found on GOV.UK: Using the UKCA marking and Placing manufactured goods on the market in GB. Legislation will be brought forward where required to enable these changes.
Changes to toys and cosmetics legislation
The first statutory instrument amending the UK toys and cosmetics regulations has been laid before Parliament. The Toys and Cosmetic Products (Restriction of Chemical Substances) Regulations 2022 make changes to the toy and cosmetic regulations annexes, either entailing an amendment to the permitted level or the prohibition of specific chemicals in toys and cosmetic products. The changes in respect of CMRs in cosmetics and fragrance allergens in toys are due to come into effect on 15 October, and changes in respect of chemicals assessed by the Scientific Advisory Group on Chemical Safety come into force on 15 December 2022.
You can find out further information by reading the Planned changes to toys and cosmetics regulations GOV.UK news article.
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