On 14 November, the UK Government confirmed that it would continue to recognise the CE marking in Great Britain for another two years (until 31 December 2024) giving businesses extra time to prepare for the mandatory introduction of the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking. Businesses can continue to use the new UKCA marking voluntarily until then, giving them flexibility to choose which marking to apply.
The UKCA marking announcement covers most types of goods which previously required the CE marking. Businesses have been able to use the UKCA mark voluntarily since 1 January 2021 to demonstrate their conformity with product standards in England, Scotland and Wales. This latest announcement follows on from the MHRA’s recent announcement that the implementation of the future UK Medical Device Regulations will be pushed back from 1 July 2023 to 1 July 2024, meaning that CE-marked medical devices will continue to be accepted in Great Britain and that medical device manufacturers will only be required to obtain a UKCA mark from July 2024 (see further details here).