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EAMA responds to BEIS on UKCA marking

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA - of which MTA is a member) has responded to questions from the business department (BEIS) about the awareness and readiness of UK manufacturing companies relating to the UKCA mark rules which come fully into force from January 1 next year.  The points made by EAMA included: 

  • awareness levels vary, especially outside the UK, and awareness does not equal readiness; 

  • both manufacturers and distributors are affected; 

  • requests for more information and training are increasing.  Consultants fees range from £500 - £1,000 a day; 

  • in manufacturing, problems are generally greater where the firms are EU rather than UK and worse still when they were from further overseas;   

  • there is shortage of capacity in conformity assessment bodies (CABs), with examples given; 

  • there is lack of clarity as to whether CABs can use tests done for the EU’s CE mark is an issue; and 

  • firms urge an explanation of the purpose of the UKCA mark.  

The problem is most acute where notified bodies are involved – thankfully this does not usually apply for machine tools and other machinery in the scope of MTA – but that does not mean that it is not an issue. 

If you have any comments or questions about the UKCA mark please feed them to either Geoff Noon (email:  geoff.noon@mta.org.uk) or Joshua Dugdale (email:  joshua.dugdale@mta.org.uk).  You can find our guide to the UKCA mark at https://www.mta.org.uk/resources/mta-guide-ukcace-marking-4th-edition