UKCA, UK certification of lifts and their components
UK certification of lifts and their components
Read the full article in the 1/2022 issue of Elevatori Magazine
Jonas Conrady (read biography)
Head of Department New Technologies, Business Area Lifts and Cranes, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
With the UK’s exit from the European Union, new rules now apply to the placing on the market of lifts and lift components in Great Britain. These products will require UKCA marking upon expiry of the transition period, on 1st January 2023, at the latest. TÜV SÜD informs about these and other changes with which manufacturers, importers and distributors will have to comply in the future.
Since 1st January 2021, the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking has replaced the European Union’s CE marking in Great Britain, which includes England, Wales and Scotland but not Northern Ireland. The UKCA marking is required for safety components in particular. The European Union’s CE marking will continue to be valid up to 31st December 2022, but will no longer be accepted for components placed on the market in Great Britain from 1st January 2023 onwards.
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To be deemed “placed on the market” in Great Britain, safety components need not necessarily be physically located there. If they are fully manufactured, a written agreement documenting transfer of ownership or possession to the customer is enough. If the economic operator can prove that transfer of ownership or possession took place before the legal obligations have changed, the product can permanently stay on the GB market with CE marking.