What Does Brexit Mean for Electrical and Electronic Product Restricted Substance Compliance?

The UK government has published guidance
to help manufacturers and importers placing electrical and electronic (EE)
products onto the UK market after the end of the Brexit transition arrangements
on December 31, 2020.

From January 1, 2021, EE products that are
currently subject to CE marking should bear the new UKCA (Conformity
Assessment) mark. A one-year transition period has been granted until January
1, 2022, during which the CE mark will still be accepted, with some exemptions.
After this date, products offered onto the UK market must carry the UKCA mark.
It should be noted, the UKCA mark is not recognized in the Europe Union.

The procedure for conformity assessment in
the UK will be similar to that for the CE mark, but with the following

  1. January 1,
    2021 – authorized representatives or responsible persons in the EU will no
    longer be recognized. Instead, a UK-based authorized representative or
    responsible person must be assigned for the UKCA mark
  2. UKCA mark can
    only be granted by a UK approved conformity assessment body
  3. UK
    Declaration of Conformity (DoC) – while the requirements are basically the same
    as for the EU DoC, the relevant UK legislation and UK designated standards
    should be listed instead of those cited in the Official Journal of the EU

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The UKCA mark must be applied to all EE
products that currently bear a CE mark.

Stakeholders should be aware, at the
current time, the UK has no plans to diverge from other EU restricted substance
requirements – REACH, POPs, food contact materials, etc.

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