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UKCA ACCREDITATION FADES AWAY

The UKCA “Boris Brexit Badge” regime for motorcycling personal protective equipment, separately certified by true-blue conformity assessment bodies (CABs) and not relying on any parallel European CE marking evidence elicited from filthy foreign CABs, has been kicked even further into the long grass.

Under the guise of “reducing re-certification and re-testing costs for UKCA marking”, the government has effectively extended its deadline for locally-sourced compliance yet again, from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2027.

Completed conformity assessment activities carried out under EU requirements, undertaken by non-UK CABs for CE certification, can now be used to declare existing product types as compliant with UKCA. They must still bear the UKCA marking alongside CE. But manufacturers can apply it without the need for any UK-recognised CAB involvement and continue to place their goods on the market.

Mentioning the fact that British-based CABs focused on UKCA still barely exist, because satisfying such modest demand isn’t worth the bother, wasn’t deemed necessary in this latest government guidance. And the chance of this situation having changed much in more than five years’ time is utterly remote.

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