UKCA Marking &
Throughout the CE Marking process, we can support you.
We will conduct CE Risk Assessments and inspections to determine whether you meet the criteria, as well as offer advice and information to help you improve your standards, and compile the necessary technical files.
Get in touch with our team today!
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 / CE Marking?
Currently, there are 21 EU Directives that call for the CE Marking process to be completed.
So which of these apply to machinery?
Generally, there are three to six directives that are referenced for the design and manufacture of machinery. These do not contain all the technical information that is necessary to ensure a safe and compliant machine.
When designing or building machines, machine builders have countless safety standards to follow. There may also be country-specific requirements to meet.
If you import a machine from outside the European Union, it must still be CE marked, no matter how old it is!
Safety Tailored To Your Needs
Our team works closely with you to understand your company's requirements and offer guidance and support on how to meet them.
With our UKCA Marking service, we complete a risk assessment on your machinery and provide a detailed and comprehensive report with the findings and offer guidance on how to rectify any issues highlighted. We take you step by step through the validation and verification process, help and support with building the technical file, prepare all the necessary documents ready for you to sign and issue templates for the UKCA plate.
Have you considered having an 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.
As an independent third party, we can ensure your needs are met and your machine is compliant on your behalf. This will give reassurance to the end user that when installed, the machine is compliant and 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:
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.