How to draft a UKCA Declaration

by | Nov 27, 2020 | Schemes Updates

How to draft a UKCA Declaration

From 1 January 2022, the CE marking will not be recognised in Great Britain for areas covered by this guidance and the UKCA marking.

The information required on the Declaration of Conformity will be largely the same as what is currently required on an EU Declaration of Conformity. This can vary depending on the application legislation but generally should include:

  • your name and full business address or that of your authorised representative
  • the product’s serial number, model or type identification
  • a statement, stating you take full responsibility for the product’s compliance
  • the details of the approved body which carried out the conformity assessment procedure (if applicable)
  • the relevant legislation with which the product complies
  • your name and signature
  • the date the declaration was issued
  • supplementary information (if applicable)

Significant changes are with reference to the legislation and standards listed on the declaration.

Applicable UK Legislation

The Declaration must reference UK Legislation, Not EU Directives

EU legislation UK legislation
Toy Safety – Directive 2009/48/EC Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
Recreational craft and personal watercraft – Directive 2013/53/EU Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
Simple Pressure Vessels – Directive 2014/29/EU Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
Electromagnetic Compatibility – Directive 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
Low Voltage Directive 2014/35 Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments – Directive 2014/31/EU Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
Measuring Instruments – Directive 2014/32/EU Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
Lifts – Directive 2014/33/EU Lifts Regulations 2016
ATEX – Directive 2014/34/EU Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016
Radio equipment – Directive 2014/53/EU Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
Pressure equipment – Directive 2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
Personal protective equipment – Regulation (EU) 2016/425 Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (Regulation (EU) 2016/425 as brought into UK law and amended)
Gas appliances – Regulation (EU) 2016/426 Gas Appliances (Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019)
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
Directive 92/42/EEC hot-water boilers AND Eco design Directive 2009/125/EC The Eco design for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) – Directive 2002/95/EC The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012

 

The Declaration must Reference UK designated standards rather than standards cited in the Official Journal of the European Union

On 1 January 2021, the UK standards will be the same in substance and with the same reference as the standards used in the EU. However, they will use the prefix ‘BS’ to indicate that they are standards adopted by the British Standards Institution as the UK’s national standards body.

Record keeping

You, or your authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation to demonstrate that your product conforms with the regulatory requirements. This must be kept for up to 10 years after the product is placed on the market.

This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements.

Who can sign the UKCA Declaration?

The UK Declaration of Conformity can be drawn up by the manufacturer or their UK-based authorised representative. While the authorised representative must be UK-based, there is no obligation for the manufacturer – if they are the ones signing the DoC – to be based in the UK.

If the manufacturer is based outside the UK, then the importer who first brings the product onto the Great Britain market bears responsibility for the product meeting UK requirements, including bearing the risk of prosecution for fraudulent claims. The importer will need to make sure that from 1 January 2021:

  • goods are labelled with your company’s details, including your company’s name and a contact address (until 31 December 2022 you can provide these details on the accompanying documentation rather than on the good itself)
  • the correct conformity assessment procedures have been carried out and that goods have the correct conformity markings
  • the manufacturer has drawn up the correct technical documentation and complied with their labelling requirements
  • you maintain a copy of the declaration of conformity for a period of 10 years
  • goods conform with the relevant essential requirements

Appoint an authorised or responsible person in the UK

Authorised representatives and responsible persons based in the EU will no longer be recognised in Great Britain from 1 January 2021.

If you need to (or choose to) use an authorised representative or responsible person, they will need to be based in the UK for products being placed on the GB market.

Download Graphic Files for the UKCA Mark

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ExVeritas is an accredited product and management system certification body, testing laboratory and inspection body. We are also an approved UKCA body, an ATEX Notified Body and an IECEx Certification Body and Test Laboratory. All of our Certification is internationally recognised for global markets and we also issue necessary quality system certification for ATEX, IECEx and UKAS ISO9001. For sites we offer safety consultancy on DSEAR and ATEX 153 including explosion risk assessments, area classification and UKAS accredited Ex inspection. We also qualify people with CompEx certification as well as specialist and bespoke training.

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