Published: 01 August 2023  (Updated: 01 August 2023)

UKCA - Indefinite Extension to the Recognition of CE Marking in GB

On 31 July 2023, the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) announced their intention to introduce legislation to extend indefinitely the recognition of the CE marking for products placed on the market in Great Britain (GB).

Cosmetic aerosols sold in GB must have the UKCA marking on pack as proof that the aerosol complies with the requirements under the UK Aerosols Regulation. These labelling requirements benefited from the following transition periods following the departure of the UK from the EU:

  • after 31 December 2020 aerosols sold in GB can carry either the reverse epsilon (3) or the UKCA mark until 31 December 2024;
  • after 31 December 2024, all aerosols sold in GB must carry the UKCA mark, but until 31 December 2027, the UKCA marking may be affixed to a label or a document accompanying the dispenses, if easier for marketers.

The new rules would allow products sold in GB to continue to use either the reverse epsilon or the UKCA mark after the 31 December 2024.

The announcement is available here, and the UK Government have updated their guidance to reflect their intention. However, there is no formal legislative proposal in place at the time of the announcement.

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