Certified Expert in CE Marking ®
Ensuring legal compliance
The UKCA mark or the CE mark?
As of the 1st January 2021 the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark is required for all machinery and products being supplied into England, Scotland and Wales. A separate set of rules apply for Northern Ireland.
The directives mentioned below, are adopted into the UK legal system as 'Regulations'. The manufacturer has a responsibility to follow and ensure that their machine complies with the 'Essential Requirements' of these regulations and any others which may apply to the machine. It is considered a criminal offence where they are not followed and the authorities can take appropriate action.
Any machinery being supplied into Europe will need to continue to follow the CE marking requirements and the technical file will need to be held in the EU.
What is involved in UKCA Marking /
Currently, there are 21 EU Directives that call for the CE Marking process to be completed.
So which of these apply to machinery?
In general terms there a 3 to 6 directives that are referenced for the design and build of machinery. These don't contain all the technical information to ensure the machine is safe and compliant. There are countless standards that can be followed to guide machine builders through when designing and building machines. There could also be country specific requirements to meet too.
If you are importing a machine from outside of the EU, it must still be CE marked, regardless of the machines age.
Have you considered having a Pre UKCA or CE audit when purchasing new machinery?
The best time to complete the pre- UKCA or CE audit is at the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT). This will be an inspection of the almost complete machine, allowing access to all guarding and electrical panels.
As the purchaser and end user of the machinery and equipment, you place trust in the manufacturers to get it right. Unfortunately, there are cases where this doesn't happen and equipment is supplied not meeting the legal requirements. This puts undue strain on production schedules and may incur further costs to bring the machine into compliance.
We can act on your behalf, as a third party remaining impartial, to ensure that your needs are met and the machine is compliant. This will give reassurance to the end user that when installed the machine is compliant and that it is close to a ready to run state.
What is involved in an audit?
We will inspect the machine and check it physically, inspect the operating, training and maintenance instructions, review the technical file for the machine along with the risk assessments and ensure that all legal requirements have been met. The machine will be reviewed against the relevant directives such as the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU and the EMC Directive 2014/30/EU and the supporting harmonised standards allowing the CE mark to be placed on to the machine. Any non-compliance's will be documented and will be discussed with both the customer and the machine builder and can be corrected before the machine is shipped to the end user.
A pre CE audit does not eliminate the need for a PUWER assessment. A pre CE audit is there to ensure that the machine manufacturers are meeting their legal requirements.
Modifying your existing machines?
We support end users who are undertaking machine modifications to their existing equipment or opting to build their own machines for 'in house use' taking them through the CE marking process. It is worth remembering that 'in house' built equipment still has a legal requirement to be CE marked.
When existing machines are modified there are cases where the 'end user' can assume the responsibility of being the 'machine builder.' This can also be the case where different manufacturers of machinery are brought together to form a 'complex assembly.'
The process is complex and is easy to misunderstand, so having a thorough understanding of the directives, standards and legislation is essential to getting the process right.
Our consultant is CECE (Certified Expert in CE Marking) qualified. This is a new qualification that is accredited by TÜV Nord.
How we can help you
Our UKCA Marking service includes:
Completing the risk assessment
Validation and verification processes
Building the technical file
Preparing the necessary documents ready for signing
Issuing a UKCA plate template
Ongoing advice and support