As part of Brexit, changes were due to take effect on January 1, 2022 and require products that previously had the CE mark to switch to the new United Kingdom Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark.
But the industry had sounded the alarm on whether the industry was ready for the change amid uncertainty over the availability and ability to test products under the new regime.
The government has now given up on allowing the sale of CE marked products in the UK for an additional 12 months, with the deadline extended to January 1, 2023.
James Talman, Executive Director of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, said: “At a time when we face one of the worst material supplies and inflations in living memory, this announcement will be a welcome relief for customers. manufacturers and traders.
“We told the government that the January 1, 2022 deadline has not been achievable for some time, with many products simply not being able to receive certification before the deadline.
“I’m glad the message has now passed. This extra time will provide much needed breathing space for supplies to undertake the necessary tests and acquire the correct documents.
“The government should now work with industry to ensure that the supply chain is fully prepared for the new 2023 deadline, especially small businesses, so that we do not face similar issues as the to come up.”
Construction Leadership Council Co-Chair Andy Mitchell added, “Given the widespread pressures on product supply, we welcome this pragmatic government decision to extend the deadline for CE marked products. “
“However, even with this expansion, it will still be very difficult to ensure that the entire industry is ready for the new date, given the need to significantly increase testing capacity.
“It is essential that the industry continues to work with government to resolve these issues, ensuring that we do not postpone the crisis for 12 months, but instead establish a strong testing and marking regime to ensure the continuous product safety and performance. that we use ”.