THE QUESTION: What is UKCA and why is it being introduced?
THE ANSWER: Anyone connected with the Brexit negotiations will no doubt attest to the fact that at times it was fraught and very political. That said it did come as something of a surprise when, in the later stages of negotiations, the EU team informed the UK that Britain would no longer be able to use the EU Conformité Européenne (CE Marking).
In simple terms, the CE Mark affirms a good's conformity with European health, safety, and environmental protection standards.
The British response to the EU's move was to shrug their collective shoulders and inform the EU that we would be using our own conformity marque and it would be called the United Kingdom Conformity Assessment (UKCA). The EU then upped the ante by refusing to recognise UK Notified Bodies (Test Houses) and somewhat predictably we responded by refusing to recognise theirs, then promptly changed the name of our test houses to 'Approved Bodies'.