The Department for Business and Trade this morning announced an indefinite extension to the use of CE marking for UK businesses – but clarifications since have revealed that this will not extend to construction products.
Rather, this announcement only applies to the 18 sectors that fall under the Department for Business and Trade, and does not extend to construction products, which are managed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
The Government and DHLUHC have said that they remain committed to ensuring the testing regime for construction products is effective and inspires public and market confidence.
This means at this point in time the situation for our sector remains the same; that is, recognition of the CE mark for construction products in Great Britain will end on 30 June 2025.
“We have long maintained that continuing recognition of the CE mark is crucial within the construction products industry,” says TDUK head of technical and trade policy Nick Boulton.
“As it stands, pulling away from CE marking has placed more red tape and greater barriers in the way of trade for both UK and foreign manufacturers – without any clear benefits for industry.
“Years of uncertainty have had a damaging effect on our sector with unnecessary costs and foreign manufacturers pulling products from the UK market leading to unnecessary product availability issues. – so it is high time the Government had a rethink.
“With this announcement, hopefully we will begin to see Government giving more consideration to the impacts of CE and UKCA marking, and how these changes affect every part of the construction sector.
“We will continue to work with our partners across the construction products industry around these issues, and will update our members on any changes.”