In the course of Brexit, changes should come into force on January 1, 2022, which require that products previously CE marked be converted to the new British Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark.
However, the industry had sounded the alarm as to whether the industry was under due to the uncertainty about the availability and testing capacity for products
the new regime.
The government has now withdrawn sales of CE marked products in the UK for a further 12 months, with the deadline being postponed to January 1, 2023.
James Talman, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, said, “At a time when we are faced with some of the worst material availability and inflation in memory, this announcement will be a welcome relief for manufacturers and distributors.
“We have informed the government that the deadline of Jan.
“I am pleased that the message has now arrived. This extra time will create much-needed respite for supplies in order to run the necessary tests and obtain the correct papers.
“The government should work with industry now to ensure that the supply chain is fully prepared for the new 2023 deadline, especially smaller businesses, so we don’t face similar problems in the future.”
Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, added, “Given the widespread pressures on product supply, we applaud this pragmatic government decision
to extend the deadline for CE-marked products. “
“Even with this extension, it will still be a major challenge to ensure that the entire sector is ready for the new date, as the test capacities will have to be increased significantly.
“It is critical that the industry continue to work with the government to address these issues and ensure that we not just postpone the crisis for 12 months, but one instead
robust testing and labeling system to ensure the continued safety and performance of the products we use.