United Kingdom - UKCA Update
UKCA Marking For Radio Devices
The CE Marking will not be accepted in the UK on December 31, 2021. The UKCA Marking will be mandatory. This affects the production of labels and related materials. For the most part a UKCA Marking and a CE Marking should be affixed to the products from December 31, 2021, if manufacturers are selling into both markets.
For radio products, a UKCA certificate is mandatory after December 31, 2021 where a non-harmonized standard has been used to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirement for the efficient use of frequency spectrum (regulation 6 (2) in the UK Radio Equipment Regulations, which corresponds with Article 3.2 of the RED).
Until December 31, 2021 the CE Marking is still accepted in the UK, even in those cases where a Notified Body for the RED has issued a mandatory EU-type examination certificate (e.g. when a non-harmonized standard was used to demonstrate compliance with Article 3.2 of the RED).
UK integrates the lists of harmonized standards which are published in the EU Official Journal for EU Directives into their own lists of designated standards. There might be some cases where the UK does not need to integrate such EU harmonized standards into their own lists of designated standards. For example, some frequency bands in the UK are different from the frequency bands in the EU or are not used in the EU for the same purpose. In those cases the UK can set their own standards. But, those cases are very rare and, if the manufacturer applies the correct designated standard, then the UKCA certificate is still voluntary and the manufacturer can use a Declaration of Conformity (Self-Declaration) to affix the UKCA Marking.
After December 31, 2021, if a manufacturer needs a mandatory EU-type examination certificate for the RED, then they also need a mandatory UKCA certificate for Great Britain (GB).