UKCA marking deadline extended
CIAT welcomes the Government's decision to extend the deadline for the implementation of the new UKCA marking scheme until 1 January 2023.
The UK Government released the updated Construction Products Regulations on 24 August 2021.
CIAT welcomes the Government's decision to extend the deadline for the implementation of the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) marking scheme until 1 January 2023, which was due to replace the CE marking scheme on 1 January 2022.
This has been as a direct result of continued lobbying by CIAT and the entire industry, most notably the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC), both of which we have been directly involved with. Kevin Crawford MCIAT, President Elect and Chair of Technical Standards Taskforce and Steven Hedley MCIAT, Vice-President Technical are CIAT's representatives on the CLC Working Groups addressing materials and standards and movement of goods respectively.
Whilst this should be good news for the supply chain and industry, the issues and problems with UKCA marking still exist.
Kevin Crawford MCIAT, President Elect, says: "A new Conformity Assessment process will take time and investment from everyone and we in the UK are starting to see the effects of certain supply chains no longer wishing to supply the UK market with their products as it is deemed no longer viable due to the increased costs of testing and certification."
It is hoped that a workable solution may be arrived at in the coming months with everyone working together.
CIAT aims to produce an updated article with a review of the current situation and what members and affiliates need to be considering to work effectively in the coming months.
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