When the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU), the UK legislation began to evolve and move away from the EU law. As of 1 January 2021, a new conformity assessment marking scheme - called UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking - was launched in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) in place of CE marking.
From 1 January 2023, UKCA marking is mandatory for manufacturers who are placing equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres / hazardous locations on the market in Great Britain.
The UK Government has announced an intended update to legislation concerning UKCA marking: CE certification completed before 31 December 2022 may be used by manufacturer to declare existing product types as compliant with UKCA. Products must still bear UKCA marking and will need to undergo conformity assessment with a UK Approved Body (UKAB) at the expiry of the certificate or after 5 years from the introduction of the requirements (31 December 2027), whichever is sooner. From 1 January 2023, changes to any existing products and/or QAN which were used to apply UKCA marking by manufacturer prior to 31st December 2022 and all new products including QAN will require assessment by a UKAB.
Northern Ireland – along with the entire European Economic Area - continues to recognise CE marking from DEKRA Certification BV (0344), DEKRA Testing and Certification GmbH (0158) or another EU Notified Body.
DEKRA Certification UK Ltd is a UK Approved Body (8505) for equipment intended to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. This designation enables DEKRA to evaluate and certify products to the UKEX requirements.
Across the DEKRA network, we work cooperatively to minimize the additional activities required for UKCA marking where our customers already have CE (ATEX) marking. Where possible, we perform an abridged UKCA assessment using existing CE reports and combine activities to maintain certificates with your existing CE marking schedule. Existing customers are encouraged to apply for UKCA certification via their current Project Manager or directly using the following email
If you have CE marking with another EU Notified Body or would like to apply for a new certification, DEKRA is also able to provide UKCA certification for these products. Please apply directly using the following email
The review process will require the full technical documentation package, plus any notified body reports that you would like to be considered in the application process to facilitate the review process.