This guide tells you how to use the new UKNI marking in Northern Ireland. There is a separate guide for placing goods on the market in Great Britain where the UKCA marking must be used.
WHAT DO BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW?
What is the UKNI marking?
The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland (NI) which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK.
The UKNI marking is not used if you are able to self-declare your goods are compliant, under the relevant EU legislation that applies in NI, or if you use an EU Notified Body for any mandatory conformity assessment/testing. In these cases, you can still use the CE marking to place goods on the Northern Ireland market. Further guidance on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market is available here.
This guidance explains how to use the marking and the changes to conformity assessment.
The conformity assessment process covered in this step-by-step guide does not apply to goods in the following categories: medical devices, rail interoperability products, construction products and civil explosives.
WHAT DO BUSINESSES NEED TO DO?
Ensure your business has taken the necessary steps:
Check if your product requires the UKNI marking
The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK. It is always applied with the CE marking.
Aerosoles, Appliances burning gaseous fuels, Cableway installations designed to carry persons, Certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, Eco-design of energy related products, Electromagnetic compatibility, Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, Hot-water boilers, Household refrigerators and freezers, Lifts, Low voltage electrical equipment, Machinery, Measuring instruments, Noise emission in the environment, Non-automatic weighing instruments, Personal protective equipment, Pressure equipment, Pyrotechnics, Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment, Recreational craft and personal watercraft Safety of toys, Simple pressure vessels.
Step 2: Check if you need third party conformity assessment
Find out whether you need to self-declare or use a third-party conformity assessment. Identify the applicable EU legislation or harmonised standards and use this to identify the conformity assessment procedure. required for your product.
Third party conformity assessment applies where:
Step 3: Check the appropriate route for conformity
You should determine the appropriate route for your conformity marking.
|Step 4: Draft technical file|
To be certified to use the UKNI mark you must keep documentation which demonstrates your product conforms with the regulatory requirements. This should be kept in the form of a technical file or document.
The legislation sets out the conformity assessment procedure that needs to be carried out for your product. You must draw up and keep technical documentation which contains all relevant information about the means you use to ensure that your product meets the essential requirements.
The procedure for drafting and compiling the technical file is the same as before.
The contents of the EU technical file vary depending on the product, however, the technical documentation should include all relevant data / information or details of the means used by the manufacturer to ensure the product meets the essential requirements.
Refer to the relevant EU legislation if applicable, for a full list of requirements for the technical file.
It is the responsibility of the manufacturer, or the authorised representative (established within NI or EU), to demonstrate to enforcement authorities where and how the various parts of the document are held and maintained. For imported products, the importer takes on this responsibility.
Step 5: Draft the Declaration of Conformity
As a manufacturer, it is your responsibility to draw up an EU Declaration of Conformity. Minimally, your EU Declaration of Conformity should contain the following information:
Step 6: Positive certificate of conformity
Your chosen Notified Body will perform the necessary checks and tests for your products.
If your products pass and adhere to all the necessary requirements, your chosen conformity assessment body will issue you with a certificate of conformity.
Once you have received a positive third-party conformity assessment and a certificate of conformity issued by your conformity assessment body, you should:
Sign the draft declaration of conformity.
You must affix the UKNI marking and the Notified Body identification number to the product.
Step 7: Affix the UKNI marking
The UKNI marking may not be affixed until the conformity assessment procedure has been completed.
As a manufacturer or authorised representative, you must place the UKNI marking on the product itself or to the packaging, depending on the requirements of the relevant sector- specific legislation.
The legislation may also specify that the UKNI marking must be applied to supporting literature.
See ‘Rules for using the UKNI’ marking here UKNI marking The UKNI mark image files can be found below:
When attaching the CE marking, you as the manufacturer or authorised representative take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant EU legislation. By adding the UKNI marking, it is a sign that you have used a UK based notified body and the product can only be placed on the NI market, and cannot be lawfully placed on the EU/EEA market.
Qualifying Northern Ireland goods can be placed on the market in Great Britain using the CE + UKNI marking or just the CE marking. This is because of the Government’s commitments to ensure Northern Ireland’s unfettered access to the rest of the UK. Further guidance on whether your business or your goods qualify can be found here.
There are no easements (e.g.) regarding the UKNI marking, full compliance is required now. Where EU law requires you must apply CE + UKNI to your product you must do so immediately, and there is no option to affix the marking to a label or separate document.
Corresponding UK legislation
Toy Safety – Directive 2009/48/EC
Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
Pyrotechnic Articles – Directive 2013/29/EU
Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015
Recreational craft and personal watercraft – Directive 2013/53/EU
Recreational Craft Regulations 2017
Civil Explosives – Directive 2014/28/EU
Explosives Regulations 2014
Simple Pressure Vessels – Directive 2014/29/EU
Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016
Electromagnetic Compatibility – Directive 2014/30/EU
Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments – Directive 2014/31/EU
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016
Measuring Instruments – Directive 2014/32/EU
Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016
Lifts – Directive 2014/33/EU
Lifts Regulations 2016
ATEX – Directive 2014/34/EU
Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016 The Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017.
Radio equipment – Directive 2014/53/EU
Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
Pressure equipment – Directive 2014/68/EU
Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016
Personal protective equipment – Regulation (EU) 2016/425
Personal Protective Equipment Regulation 2016/425 and the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
Gas appliances – Regulation (EU) 2016/426
Gas Appliances Regulation 2016/426 and the Gas Appliances (Enforcement) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2018
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC
Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001
Directive 2008/57/EC interoperability of the rail system within the Community
Railways (Interoperability) Regulations 2011
“Directive 92/42/EEC hot-water boilers AND Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC”
The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2010
Cableway installations – Regulation (EU) 2016/424
Cableway Installations Regulations 2018
Marine Equipment – Directive 2014/90/EU
Merchant Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 2016
Construction products – Regulation (EU) No 305/2011
The Construction Products Regulation (EU) 2011 (EU Regulation No. 305/2011)
Transportable pressure equipment – Directive 2010/35/EU
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
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