The brexit transition period ends this year. There will be new rules when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) on 1st January 2021. Some of the following changes will occur in labelling.


CE mark

The CE mark becomes the UKCA mark. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that will cover most goods that previously required the CE mark. It will apply to all goods that currently use CE marking. The UKCA marking can be used from 1st January 2021 and will follow the same conformity assessment processes as the current CE mark. CE marking can still be used until 1st January 2022 in most cases.

However, UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU market, so products that currently require CE marking will still need this in order to be sold in the EU from 1st January 2021. From 1st January 2022, the CE marking will not be recognised in Great Britain for the areas covered by the government’s guidance – including gas appliances. However, CE marked products will still be valid for sale in the UK as long as they are also UKCA marked and comply with the relevant UK rules. New rules for Northern Ireland are to be confirmed


ErP label changes

For products arriving or manufactured in Europe or the UK before 1st January 2021, the current ErP label will be accepted for use in the UK. However, after this date, a new ErP label will need to be present; this will still comply to the same ErP rules, but show a Union Jack in place of the current EU flag, and all text will be written in English only. This will be the only accepted label in the UK. For products manufactured in Europe and destined for the UK and Republic of Ireland, both the EU and UK labels must be present.

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