Eaton Electric Ltd Position on UKCA marking
The UK Conformity Assessment (“UKCA”) marking applies to most products previously subject to the European Union’s CE marking.
The regulatory requirements that our products must meet to be placed on the UK market, including the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity, are substantially the same as for CE marking. The circumstances in which Eaton can use self-declaration of conformity for UKCA marking are also the same as for CE marking.
UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, Eaton will still be able to use CE marking until 1 January 2023 in most cases, per guidance provided by the UK government.
From 1 January 2023, the UKCA mark will, in most cases, be affixed directly to the product. Exceptions may be where this is commercially or practically not feasible e.g. insufficient surface area existing on individual products, in which case the UKCA mark will be attached to packaging or accompanying documents e.g. manuals.
FAQs related to UKCA marking and Eaton’s position are as follows:
- When will your conformity assessments be carried out and when do you expect all affected products to be UKCA compliant? Eaton is aware of the requirements of UKCA and is working to make the necessary changes to achieve compliance by the relevant deadlines. This will means introducing UKCA marking on product, packaging or accompanying documents on a rolling change basis with completion by 01/01/23.
- How you will manage finished stock – Our supply chain will be managed at manufacturing source or distribution centre level and the appropriate steps will be taken to introduce additional labelling or packaging changes as may be required to ensure UKCA compliance. Product marking will be in line with at least the minimum regulatory requirements prevailing at the time of products being put to market.
- Will you be contacting customers to explain the packaging changes and ensure they rotate stock? - As UKCA marking is not specific to any one manufacturer or customer, we believe our customers will independently define their own stock management parameters.
- How can I find out more about UKCA requirements? Further details on the requirements for UKCA marking can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking
- Does the addition of the UKCA mark affect product performance or compliance in other markets – No. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods. Product performance and previously claimed compliance is not affected.