Actuate UK, the voice of the engineering services sector, has welcomed the Department of Business & Trade (DBT) announcement to indefinitely extend recognition of CE mark for some goods coming into Great Britain but asks for clarity on construction products.
While DBT includes some products used by the engineering services, such as lifts, most of the construction products come under the scope of the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC), which has currently extended the use of CE Mark till 30 June 2025.
The alliance, which represents the whole supply chain for construction products, from manufacturers, testing and certification facilities, and contractors/users, has previously urged Government to work with industry and agree a joined-up plan on the future of construction product certification and UKCA mark, including transition arrangements, as the process so far has created confusion, anxiety and costs. Actuate UK has also warned that ambiguity on the certification process could impact products’ safety for the public. We hope that the Government’s response to the Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime will soon provide answers to most of these questions.
Nick Mellor, Managing Director of Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) welcomed the DBT announcement.
“We have had some excellent engagement with DBT and their announcement of recognition of CE marking for placing goods including for lifts, machinery on the market in Great Britain indefinitely beyond December 2024 is a very welcome relief for industry. However, we understand this is only for products under the DBT scope and we would like to see a comprehensive strategy on UK product testing regulations.”
Chris Yates, CEO of Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), one of the Actuate UK members commented on the situation with construction products: “While DBT announcement will be a huge relief for many manufacturers, the questions remain on construction products. The industry has already made significant investment to make the move to UKCA and manufacturers had to decided which construction products to put on the market based on approval costs. We need DLUHC to decide whether they will follow the DBT announcement and lift the deadline of 30 June 2025 while getting more clarity onfurther proposed changes in construction product testing regulations.”
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