Last week Thorne & Derrick alongside UK manufacturer of hazardous area lighting Raytec presented a webinar regarding the impact the UKCA mark would have on owners, operators, end users, specifiers and contractors working within the explosive atmosphere industry.
The aim was to give the participants a better understanding of the effect the UKCA scheme will have on them and how they can prepare for the changes ahead of the full implementation 1st January 2022.
Special thanks to Jonathan Sommersett Product Manager of Hazardous Area Division at Raytec for delivering the webinar and sharing his knowledge about the latest criteria changes. He explains how Raytec are approaching the situation by ensuring all their products are tri-rated by the 1st June 2021.
Jonathan Sommersett – To obtain UKCA approval your product must be certified to the latest version of the standards and any approved body will issue an UK Ex certificate. Currently there’s an IECEx certificate & ATEX certificate there will now be UK Ex certificate to go alongside them.
Products will now have 3 certificates and any labelling on the product will carry the UKCA mark (for example packaging label or any labels attached to the product).
Jonathan Sommersett – The advice Raytec have been given is that after 31st December 2021 a UKCA mark has to be on any product put onto the market in Great Britain. To clarify that is the first transaction between the manufacturer and distributor (or customer) after 31st December 2021.
If your product has been placed on the market before the 31st December 2021 then it can continue to circulate on the market until it reaches its end user. If you are installing a product after the 31st December 2021 you need to make sure it was placed on the market before that date. That is any transaction between a manufacturer, distributor and end user.
Jonathan Sommersett – In that case no UKCA would not be required it is only if the product is going to be installed in the UK. Same certification would apply for any good leaving the UK eg CE mark & ATEX mark would be required for any EU countries & IECEx for any Non-EU countries.
Jonathan Sommersett – There are a list of UKCA Approved Bodies. A lot of the Notified Bodies based in the UK prior to Jan 2020 were previously ATEX Notified Bodies and they have now automatically become UKCA Approved Bodies only change is the slight difference in name. You can go to any to obtain your UKCA certification.
Terry McDonald – There is a list on the UK gov website listing all Approved Bodies
Jonathan Sommersett – I can try and clarify it is a bit of a legal statement ‘placed on the market’. The advice from government is any product that has been ‘placed on the market’ as far as Raytec can tell is when any transaction between a UK manufacturer and any other user as long as money has change hands for that particular product would be classed as on the market. For example any product sitting on the shelf of a distributor owned solely by the manufacturer not would not be classed as placed on the market. If any product is on the shelf that has been paid for by the distributor then that is on the market.
By Thorne & Derrick International