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August 29, 2023

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Professional association welcomes government extension of CE marking for businesses

A professional association has welcomed the government announcement to indefinitely extend CE marking for businesses.

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) said the move is a ‘sensible approach’ as it means British firms will have the choice to use either the UKCA or CE approach to sell products in Great Britain, instead of simply switching in December 2024.

The LEEA said the intervention will ensure businesses no longer face uncertainty over the regulations and can cut back on unnecessary costs freeing them up to focus on innovation and growth.

Ross Moloney, CEO of the LEEA, said: “LEEA has been actively engaged in raising issues concerning UKCA marking and the difficulties it presents to the Lifting Industry in discussions with UK Government and is pleased to see that a sensible approach is being adopted that will allow businesses to adjust.”

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) made the announcement this month as part of a wider package of regulations designed to ease business burdens and help grow the economy by cutting barriers and red tape.

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The extension to recognising the CE marking for placing most goods on the market in Great Britain has been made indefinitely, beyond December 2024.

It applies to the 18 regulations that fall under the DBT which include simple pressure vessels, electromagnetic compatibility, non-automatic weighing instruments, measuring instruments, lifts, personal protective equipment (PPE), machinery and low voltage electrical equipment.

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