With the advent of Brexit, it was time to get to work on our equipment certification to meet the new GB legislation and begin UKCA marking. Already we are seeing our first UKCA marked machines leaving the factories.
From 1st January 2023 products being sold into the GB market (England, Scotland and Wales) will have to apply the UKCA mark (in some cases they must already be UKCA marked from January 1st 2021). CE marked items will not be valid in GB and, likewise, UKCA marked items are not valid in the EU (Northern Ireland continues to accept CE marked items, some – although not ours – will also need to be accompanied by a UKNI mark).
New GB legislation replaces that used for CE Marking (in GB) and for Solutex this encompasses several aspects; Machinery Directive, Pressure Equipment Directive, EMC, Low Voltage electrics and perhaps more critically; ATEX – if you’re not familiar with ATEX it is used to classify equipment for use in explosive atmospheres (which, in our case, means for use with flammable solvents such as in our solvent recyclers, spray gun washers and parts washers).
So, for example, ATEX is replaced by the (catchily-titled) GB regulation, “Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016”.
ATEX, for one, is slightly more complex in that it requires the use of a “Notified Body” and this notified body now needs to be a UKCA Notified Body (in the UK), as opposed to the previously existing and used (EU) ATEX Notified Body (anywhere in Europe).
For now at least, the regulations match their European counterparts making the process somewhat straightforward, although in the future we could see these regulations drift apart.
In any case, we will continue to CE mark the entire range and to continue the rollout of UKCA marked models .