Mandatory conformity certification, or conformance is a process through which a Product passes ensuring that is has passed performance and quality assurance tests as well as complying to the specific qualification criteria that is stipulated in applicable regulations and “certification schemes”.
European Conformity mark
In Europe (now excluding the UK), for example, the conformity certification applicable is CE (Conformité Européenne meaning European Conformity) and is a clear marking recognisable worldwide. This conformance certification will clearly indicate adherence to health, safety and environmental standard for terminal devices sold throughout the European Economic Area.
Federal Communications Commission mark
In a similar fashion the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Declaration of Conformity is used on specific electronic devices sold within the United States of America.
Numerous countries have their own standards for ‘CE’ certification testing.
The CE marking directives are written into European law with the directives converted into each EU member state’s national law. Failure to comply will incur penalties which will differ depending upon the location of the business and, if financial, will have to be paid in the local currency.
United Kingdom Conformity Assessed
On 1st January 2021 the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking will come into use for goods sold into the UK market. This new marking will cover most goods previously requiring the CE (Conformité Européenne) mark.
The UK government website www.gov.uk states:
The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.
In some cases you will need to apply the new UKCA marking to goods being sold in Great Britain immediately from 1 January 2021. You are encouraged to be ready to use the UKCA marking as soon as possible before this date.
The CE marking will only be valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain even before 31 December 2021.
IoTAS can offer guidance and support to assist you with achieving new UK conformance as well as converting your existing CE declarations to UKCA.