UK Labeling Change

UKCA Mark

Ensure regulatory product compliance for EU and UK markets

Countdown to 1 January 2023 for UKCA compliance.
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2023/01/01 00:00:00

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced on 24th August 2021, that the deadline for businesses to transition to UK Conformity Assessment marking (UKCA) will be extended to 1 January 2023. As of that date, CE Marks will no longer be accepted on most new products placed on the market in Great Britain an the UKCA will be required.

What is the UKCA Mark?

The UKCA is a new conformity mark for assessment of quality systems related to the production and verification of measuring instruments in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It takes the place of most products previously requiring the CE mark to enter the UK market on 1 January 2021. After certification under this scheme, you can conduct the initial verification of your products. Manufacturers wishing to retain access to the UK market for their products must have UKCA certification by 1 January 2023.

The UKCA mark, however, will not be recognized outside of Great Britain. Products sold in the EU will still require CE marking. CE marking will continue to be accepted in Northern Ireland under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.

Read our UKCA White Paper to learn more

A Single Point of Contact

Are you a manufacturer or distributor based that wants to continue to trade within the UK and/or the EU? Then you need to understand these changes as they may affect your trading capabilities

NMi can support and guide you through these changes to product compliance for both the UK and EU markets.

NMi UKCA process flow

 

Not sure if your products require a UKCA marking? Use our Module B and Module D decision trees to identify if there is a need.

Module B UKCA Decision Tree          Module D UKCA Decision Tree

NMi Helps You Meet UKCA Mark Requirements

NMi provides UKCA and EU conformity assessment services applicable to each kind of measuring instrument, including type evaluation and manufacturing quality assurance including the following, with an increasing scope:

  • Module A2
  • Module B
  • Module D and D1
  • Module E and E1
  • Module H and H1
  • CE to UKCA conversions of Module B certificates

NMi’s services also cover new product evaluation, revisions to existing certifications and transfer of EU CE certifications to UKCA (and vice-versa).

UK MACB Listing

FAQ

See the below example of a marking issued by NMi Certin UK (TIC) Ltd. in 2022 for module A2, D or D1 certificates.

The number 8506 will be replaced with another number if another Approved Body is involved in the production control phase. The UK marking (UKCA symbol) has to be at least 5 mm high.

The square around the M and the year of affixing must be as high as the UK marking.

Yes, this is possible. But it is not immediately necessary. Module B certificates from NMO remain valid until the validity date of the certificate. Only if changes to the certificate are required, you need to transfer the certificate to NMi or another Approved Body

Does this include UKCA?

If you currently have an EU-TEC from NMO, NMi can transfer that to a TEC valid in the UK to cover UKCA. Additionally, we can transfer the certificate to an EU-TEC to cover the CE marking for the EU and Northern Ireland. In that case, you will get two certificates.

Yes, this is possible. NMi will review the latest audit report issued by NMO. NMi will continue with the scheduled audit dates from NMO as much as possible.

Does this include UKCA?

If you currently have a Module D from NMO we can transfer that to a Module D for the UK, so it will cover UKCA. Additionally, we can transfer it to a module D for the EU as well to cover the CE marking for the EU and Northern Ireland. In that case you will get two certificates.

Does this also include Weights and Measures Act Section 11a certification?

No. An Article 11A certification can only be obtained from OPSS. They probably will take an audit report from NMi into account for this certification. NMi is currently working to update our accreditation to guarantee that OPSS will take our audit reports into account for the Article 11A certification.

The British legislation does not explicitly allow or disallow the situation where Module B and Module D do not have the same manufacturer. NMi Certin UK (TIC) Ltd. has the opinion that this situation is allowed. Both companies shall have a binding agreement on keeping the module D owner informed about the instrument’s design and production. Besides that, the owner of the module D shall ensure the instruments placed on the market are compliant with the TEC by either:

  • Ensuring the owner of the Module B has his own Module D, or
  • Performing supplier audits at the owner of the Module B, or
  • Performing product inspections on the instruments supplied.

Yes, this is possible. Module B certificates from NMO remain valid until the validity date of the certificate, even if the Module B certificate is an EU-TEC (issued before 1 January 2021).

Evaluation and Parts Certificate do not have validity by themselves. Whether or not they can be used under an EU-TEC or TEC that is valid in the UK depends on the availability of the documentation. This includes all design documentation, test reports and production documents. If you own the Evaluation of Parts certificate yourself, you have guaranteed access to this documentation, and you can use the certificate under an EU-TEC or TEC that is valid in the UK. Evaluation of Parts certificates that you do not own have to be evaluated case by case.

No. NMi will continue with the scheduled audit dates from NMO as much as possible. If the previous audit was six months ago, we would schedule the next audit about six months from now. Our approach is to minimise the manufacturer’s impact and aim to take account of previous audits and align audit schedules.

No, this is not currently a service NMi can offer.

Yes, this is possible. But it is not immediately necessary. Module B certificates from NMO remai

For EU NAWI and MID, NMi Certin is designated by the Dutch government (Ministry of Economic Affairs) and RvA, the Dutch Accreditation Service.

For the UK NAWIR and MIR, NMi Certin UK (TIC) Ltd. is accredited by UKAS under accreditation number 23275. NMi Certin UK (TIC) Ltd. is appointed Approved Body by BEIS under number 8506.

NMI UK is appointed for all regulated measuring instruments set out in NAWIR 2016 as amended in the MIR 2016. As of June 2022, we also extended our scope to include  Exhaust Gas Analysers

You can view the full accreditation scope at UKAS: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/?q=NMi

You can view the full scope of the appointment on the Gov.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/uk-market-conformity-assessment-bodies/nmi-certin-uk-tic-ltd

Adrian Rudd - UKCA

Adrian Rudd

NMi UK Manager

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