Saturday 5 December 2020

DHF guides its members on CE marking changes from 1 January 2021

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has hosted a series of webinars and produced briefing papers for its membership in relation to UKCA marking and what they need to consider from 1 January 2021.
After 31 December 2021, CE marking will no longer be recognised in the UK and UKCA will be the only recognised conformity mark for the UK market.  UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU 27 nor in Northern Ireland.
The new UKCA marking will apply to goods placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), replacing the existing CE mark.  It will relate to goods that are currently required to carry the CE mark, such as construction products and machinery.  UKCA marking will be recognised in the UK from 1 January 2020, following the end of the current transition period.  Provided that organisations retain the necessary testing and/or certification, they will be able to continue applying the CE mark after this date.  Indeed, applying both marks is permissible, provided they are kept separate.
Throughout November, DHF hosted a four-part webinar series highlighting the pertinent aspects of the changes. The four webinars covered such topics as: moving goods from the EU 27 to the UK, placing goods manufactures in the UK on the UK market, moving goods from the UK to Northern Ireland, and goods manufactures in Northern Ireland.  The pro-active trade association has also produced a series of briefing papers, setting out the details of the new UKCA requirements, all of which are available to download from the DHF website: 

Michael Skelding, DHF’s General Manager and Secretary stated, 
“The five guidance documents - based on information released by the UK government – have been created to explain exactly who is responsible for which element of the process in an easy-to-read format and cover moving goods from the UK to the EU 27, moving goods from the EU 27 to the UK, placing goods manufactured in the UK on the UK market, moving goods from the UK to Northern Ireland, and goods manufactured in Northern Ireland.”   
He continued, “This information is subject to change, for example, the possibility may still exist of a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which could permit certification from EU bodies to be recognised for UKCA marking purposes, and certification from UK bodies to be recognised for CE marking purposes.  In the absence of such an agreement, UK certification will cease to be valid for CE marking after 31 December 2020, meaning that any manufacturers reliant on such certification will have to switch to UKCA marking on 1 January 2021. 
“The  webinars have been extremely well-received and we are delighted to be able to guide our members on what they need to be looking out for when it comes to CE and new UKCA marking rules and regulations come the new year,” he added.  “These webinars, together with our guidance documents, should deliver a good overview of a complex subject, and we will, of course, keep our members updated should changes occur.”
DHF represents all the key players in the following sectors: locks and building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors and shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates.
With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet minimum standards of competence and customer service. They all operate within a Code of Conduct governing standards of workmanship, quality assurance, training, safety, business integrity and CE marking compliance.

Door & Hardware Federation
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Centre image – One of DHF’s guidance documents on CE and UKCA marking after 31 December

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