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The Journal for Employee Protection
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At this current time, the UK is in a transition phase where EU legislation still applies until the end of December 2020. It is almost certain that after this date the UK will adopt its own legislation with regard to placing PPE goods onto the UK market. The European PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 will be brought into UK law to become the UK PPE Regulations. For category II and III PPE (such as safety footwear) third party certification will be required and all categories of PPE will need to be marked with a new UKCA mark. The process will be very similar to that currently used for CE marking and for categories II and III will require the manufacturer to work with a UK “Approved Body” such as SATRA.
It is anticipated that from 1st January 2021 the UK will adopt its own PPE legislation which will involve the use of a new ‘United Kingdom Conformity Assessed’ (UKCA) mark, which will need to be placed on products as a means of showing conformance with applicable UK legislation. Unless you have a CE certificate from a EU27 Notified Body, you will need to affix the UKCA mark to goods placed on the GB market after 1st January 2021. It is important to note that CE certificates issued by Notified Bodies in the UK will be invalid from 1st January 2021. If, however, you have an EU27 Notified Body certificate, such as one issued by SATRA Technology Europe Ltd, you can continue to affix the CE mark to goods for the UK but this transition only runs until the end of 2021. After this time it will only be possible to place UKCA marked products on the GB market.
On 1st January 2021 SATRA Technology Centre Ltd in the UK will become a UK Approved Body, able to issue UKCA certificates, with the reference AB0321 where the prefix ‘AB’ denotes ‘Approved Body’. SATRA will continue to offer CE marking services through SATRA Technology Europe Ltd which will remain a Notified Body (number 2777) based in Ireland (an EU-27 member state). SATRA will therefore be able to offer both CE and UKCA marking.
It is important to note that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will not affect the validity of existing or future test reports issued by SATRA’s testing facilities in the UK. These test reports will continue to be accepted for certification purposes by SATRA Technology Europe Limited and other PPE Notified Bodies. This is because testing that supports PPE certification does not need to be carried out in the EU.
The SATRA PPE team have put together a webinar on ‘The UKCA Marking of PPE’ which explains what these changes mean and how it can affect businesses within the industry and discusses the implications across supply chains. See the webinar on https://www.satra.com/resources/ppe.php
For more information on what your business needs to do to prepare for 1st January 2021, please email [email protected] or visit www.satra.com/ppe.
SATRA is an independent research and testing organisation established in the UK in 1919. It has technical facilities in Europe and China serving customers throughout the world. As well as testing products and components to European and international standards across a wide range of industry sectors, SATRA develops, manufactures and sells test equipment. SATRA is a Notified Body for various European regulations including personal protection equipment (PPE), which is one of SATRA’s largest sector operations. SATRA has its own chemicals analysis laboratory for testing restricted substances in accordance with European REACH, and US chemicals regulations for which it is CPSC-accredited.
SATRA can test PPE against European, international and national standards and, as a Notified Body, can certify PPE for the CE Mark. There are two SATRA Notified Bodies – one in the UK and another in the Irish Republic, with a team of experts on hand to help customers through the process of the testing and type-examination according to the requirements of the PPE Regulation. SATRA is also able to carry out module C2 checks on samples from bulk production as specified in PPE Regulation or module D quality management system audits in the manufacturing facility.
SATRA is considered a leading technical authority for footwear and leather. Companies from these industries can become members of SATRA to gain exclusive access to SATRA test methods, accreditation, consultancy, research facilities, technical training and factory production management systems. SATRA systems are recognised in the supply chain as setting industry standards for quality and production efficiency.
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