UK The UK Government has announced new legislation that will enable products that have not been UKCA marked, including personal protective equipment (PPE), to continue to be placed on the GB market until 1 January 2023, provided the product has valid CE certification.
This extension of 12 months from the previous deadline of 1 January 2022 has been introduced to give businesses more time to prepare for the new legislative environment in the UK following its departure from the European Union, according to a report by the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW). In doing this the UK Government is also recognising that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed considerable other pressures on businesses during this time of transition.
From 1 January 2023 PPE products being placed on the GB market will need to be UKCA marked. SATRA can issue both UKCA certification from its Approved Body in the UK and CE certification from its Notified Body in Ireland (an EU member state). SATRA also has extensive laboratory facilities for the physical, thermal, acoustic, optical and chemical testing of all types of PPE products.