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Hazardex 2021 Conference Paper - What's involved in achieving UKCA 'Ex'
As a result of the UK leaving the European Union (Brexit), the UKCA mark (UK Conformity Assessed) will be phased in to replace the CE mark (European Conformity) for applicable goods to be placed in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). For Products traditionally sold with ATEX marking, UKCA ‘Ex’ (or UKEX) will be required in Great Britain.
From 1st January 2022, only the UKCA mark will be acceptable for goods placed in Great Britain and the CE mark will no longer be accepted.
In order for a product to receive UKCA ‘Ex’ marking, it should be approved to the latest version(s) of the EN 60079 standard(s). So, for example, an Exd product should be to EN 60079-1 2014, not 2007. This may lead some manufacturers, particularly those from overseas, or with only a small presence in the UK market, to consider the work required too costly and thus decide to withdraw product.
In this presentation, we will look in detail at what is actually involved in achieving the UKCA ‘Ex’ mark and the associated QAN (Quality Assurance Notification). We will consider the likely costs and an example of how even an older product can be successfully approved in an affordable manner.
Glynn Warren studied for his BSC (Hons) degree in Leicester and has worked in the Hazardous Area equipment sector since the late 1990s, either in Sales or Product Management. He is currently working part time for Exloc Instruments as a Product Specialist.