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Government extends use of CE mark indefinitely

Government extends use of CE mark indefinitely, but there’s a Caveat!!

The Government has (1 Aug) announced it intends to extend recognition of the CE marking for placing most goods on the market in Great Britain, indefinitely, beyond December 2024.

This announcement relates to the 18 regulations that fall under the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), which includes personal protective equipment (PPE). You can read the Department for Business and Trade guidance, which lists all 18 regulations that are affected by this change, here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking

However despite the euphoria this announcement received in the press from manufacturing and retailers the initial announcement including an additional widely unnoticed text as follows:

The updated guidance notes that there are different regulations for medical devices (and a few other products) and says that the relevant departments covering these sectors either have communicated, or will communicate, plans in due course

Since then and further investigation the following has come to light after a statement from the MRHA: 

Tthe MHRA has now issued advice to clarify that this change does not apply to medical devices, and the legislation already in place to extend the acceptance of CE marked medical devices on the Great Britain market.

As previously advised, this means that devices CE marked under the EU MDR may continue to be put on the UK market until 30 June 2030. You can read their statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ce-marking-recognition-for-medical-devices-and-in-vitro-diagnostics

 

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