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UKCA marking update

2nd August 2023
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Despite the announcement this week that the Department for Business and Trade will indefinitely extend the use of the CE mark for UK businesses, the Construction Products Association has received confirmation from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC) that the latest announcement does not apply to construction products.  

The CPA says: 

  • DLUHC has previously stated that recognition of the CE mark for construction products in Great Britain will continue until 30th June 2025. 
  • The announcement applies only to the 18 sectors that fall under Department for Business and Trade. 
  • The Government is committed to ensuring the testing regime for construction products is effective and inspires public and market confidence.
  • DLUHC will set out their proposals for reform of the construction products regime in due course. 

TRA chief executive, Nick Boulton, said: “There have been delays and confusing messages regarding the rules on the introduction of the UKCA mark for our sector since day one of Brexit. This uncertainty has caused unnecessary costs and no discernible benefit to many manufacturers in our sector and across construction. Our industry is looking for certainty, so the sooner UK Government confirms indefinite recognition for CE marking or full funding for an independent UKCA marking system the better.  

“As a trade association, we will keep a close eye on any changes that affect our members and look forward to having a standard for both trussed rafters and metal web joists to provide consistency in marking.” 

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