eBay Sept 22 Seller Release – CE Marking

eBay Sept 22 Seller Release – CE Marking

eBay have taken the opportunity of today’s seller release to give some guidance on CE Marking.

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the UK now has its own domestic regulations covering most goods previously subject to the EU’s CE marking. The CE marking shows that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements. It’s important you prepare your business for these changes so you can continue to sell your items in the Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) markets.

As a result of the new regulations, there are two new types of marking to be compliant with for selling in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland:

  • The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new product marking required to demonstrate that certain goods are compliant with the UK rules and can be placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland). It covers all goods that previously required the CE marking.
  • The UKNI (United Kingdom Northern Ireland) marking is the new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland but only where a UK-based conformity assessment body has been used. It also covers goods that continue to require the CE marking.

You will need to review your listings and update the impacted items with the new markings by the 1st of January 2023. If you haven’t made the necessary updates by this date, any non-compliant listings may be removed. If you place goods in the EU market, you still need to use the CE marking.

The eBay seller release contains a ton of useful links with further guidance which you can check out here.

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Would have helped to post a photo of the UKCA marking so we could all see it. But I found an imagine online and honestly it looks too cumbersome for a safety mark. Sort of like I [heart] N Y but with less imagination. Not only is the CE mark instantly recognisable, but it is a classic of minimalist logo design. Simple and clear. Why couldn't we come up with something like that, or like the British Standards kitemark which is another iconic logo? I am not being trivial - good design really matters a lot, not just the intention behind it. And they probably spent millions just on this uninspiring design alone! Now they need marketing so that the public knows what it actually means.

Mike • 28th September 2022 •