UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is replacing CE marking and the Government has announced changes to make it simpler for businesses to apply the UKCA mark for most products placed on the GB market (England, Scotland and Wales) from 1 January 2023:
- For products that have already been tested by an EU notified body by the end of 2022, including construction products under AVCP system 3 ‐ such as radiators, sealants and tile adhesives ‐ manufacturers will be able to apply the UKCA mark without the need to re‐test
- Spares will continue to be accepted onto the GB market where they comply with the same requirements that were in place at the time the original products or systems they are being used to repair, replace or maintain were placed on the market
- The need to re‐test existing imported stock will be removed, allowing CE marked products that are imported into the UK by the end of 2022 to be sold without the need to meet UKCA requirements.
Whilst further guidance is expected, if a construction product is covered under AVCP system 3 and placed on the GB market, either for the first time or after it has been modified, from 1 January 2023, then it will need to be tested by a UK notified body to achieve the UKCA mark.
The AFI is now making sure from the testing authorities and the Government that this covers all products in the many areas that fencing covers.