British-made products will carry EU safety markings for another TWO years

UK-made products will carry EU safety markings for another TWO years as ministers admit switching to the new UKCA system will cost businesses too much as the economy heads into recession

  • CE marks were to be replaced by the UKCA system by the end of the year
  • Grant Shapps said today the deadline has been pushed back to December 2024
  • Decision is to avoid forcing companies to shell out for change as economy struggles

Products made in the UK can continue to carry EU safety markings for another two years after ministers admitted that scrapping them would cost businesses too much money.

CE (European Conformity) marks on items ranging from beer glasses to TVs since 2006 were to be replaced by the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) system by the end of the year.

But Business Secretary Grant Shapps today said the deadline had been pushed back to December 2024 to avoid forcing companies to shell out to change their systems as the economy struggles.

“The government is committed to removing barriers for businesses so they can pursue their top priorities, such as providing quality customer service, enabling growth and supporting their people,” he said.

“This decision will give businesses the breathing space and flexibility they need at this crucial time and will ensure that our future product safety marking system is fit for purpose, delivering the highest standards to consumers without harming businesses. .”

His department said that during “the difficult economic conditions created by post-pandemic shifts in demand and supply, alongside Putin’s war in Ukraine and associated high energy prices, the government does not want to impose on companies the obligation to respect the initial deadline”.

UK System of Conformity Assessment (UKCA)

CE (European Conformity) marks that had appeared on items ranging from beer glasses to televisions since 2006 were due to be replaced by the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) system by the end of the year.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps today said the deadline had been pushed back to December 2024 to avoid forcing businesses to shell out to change their systems as the economy struggles.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps today said the deadline had been pushed back to December 2024 to avoid forcing businesses to shell out to change their systems as the economy struggles.

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