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Brexit: CE / UKCA Update August 2021

Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020, the UK Government announced a one-year transition for CE marked goods to be placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Once this period was over, goods which were CE marked would need to have a UKCA mark, and where necessary, certification from a UK Approved Body.

UPDATE – 24th August 2021

The UK government have just announced a 1-year extension to the transition of CE to UKCA marking. CE marked goods can be placed on Great Britain market to end of 2022.

UKCA marking must be used from 1st January 2023.

Marine Equipment unchanged: transition from Wheelmark to UK Red Ensign was already two years. 

Northern Ireland unaffected: still requires CE mark (from EU Notified Body) or CE+UKNI mark (from UK Approved Body).

What effect does this have on Certification and Auditing?

Shirley® (Europe) who are EU notified body number 2895, can offer CE marking to the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011.

Through our Sister company, Shirley Technologies Limited, trading as BTTG®, who are UK Approved Body number 0338 on 1st January 2021. BTTG® can offer UKCA approval for the UK PPE Regulations and the UK version of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) 305/2011.

Module B certificates and Module C2 approvals can be issued for both CE and UKCA based on one technical assessment, and where Module D visits are required, our auditors can cover both CE and UKCA requirements during one audit, so enabling our clients to use both marks.

Where FPC visits are required, our auditors can cover both CE and UKCA requirements during one audit, meaning our clients can use both marks.

BTTG®’s cooperation with other EU notified bodies for UKCA approval of CE marked products is still being requested.

Placing product on the market in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has different rules to Great Britain (the mainland UK). From 1st January 2021, products can be placed on the Northern Ireland market with either the CE mark, using CE certification held by an EU27 notified body, or with UKNI marking using UKCA certification from a UK Approved Body.

If you have any questions regarding Brexit and CE marking, please contact our certification team at

Posted by Admin on 1 September 2021