BEIS has once again issued new guidance as the UKCA Requirements as they continue to change just weeks before the mandatory implementation date.
Legislation has been drafted for release prior to year-end, but obviously this cannot be guaranteed as the legislation seems to change continuously and without warning.
UKCA Ex marking still the official mark for the UK but manufacturers can use ATEX Certification or UKCA Ex Certification in the UK if the legislation passes for an extended period.
- ATEX equipment permitted into GB until 31 December 2024. During the period the EU will unilaterally decide what the ATEX rule are for the UK and what Standards are accepted in the UK.
- ATEX Notified Body assessment performed before 31 December 2024, can be used as the basis for UKCA marking until 31 December 2027 (it is assumed at this stage that any variation or QAN expiry will require UKCA before 2027 and that UK Designated Standards will be required)
- Importer’s name and address should be added to the product. It can be on a sticky or removable label until 31 December 2027
Requirements are changing on an almost monthly basis, so please check directly with the UK Government before deciding what you need (or just get UKCA and ATEX to be sure!). At ExVeritas the cost of adding UKCA Ex Certification to any ATEX or IECEx Project is negligible…