Posted: Friday, December 23, 2022
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You will soon begin to notice that our products will be adhering to UKCA marking requirements, moving away from the current CE marking. The purpose of these is to signify that our products meet a range of health, safety and environmental regulations. This will not affect the way in which we manufacture our radiators, it is just a change in how their quality is displayed.
Moving From CE To UKCA Marking Requirements
The move from CE to UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking requirements is a result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, with the CE marking having been used previously to:
- show that the manufacturer has checked that their products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements
- indicate a product’s compliance with EU legislation
- allow the free movement of products within the European market
The UKCA marking will still ensure that all relevant health and safety regulations, environmental legislation and applicable standards for the product have been met by the manufacturer, guaranteeing that they are safe and legal. However, it will not show that the product complies with EU legislation, although many still will, and will no longer be eligible for the free movement of products within the European market.
Why Are UKCA Marking Requirements Important?
The most important thing about products meeting UKCA marking requirements is that this ensures that they are safe for consumers. Here at Trads, this has never been a problem for us as we are very rigorous in our own internal safety regulations. Our products also conform to British Standards (BS:EN 442-2) and we have been awarded the ISO:9001 Accreditation for Quality Management.
Our rigorous testing procedures ensure that our radiators are safe for use. After we have assembled your purchase and the assembly inspection is passed, we take them to our water and air testing station. Here, our qualified staff put the product through high-pressure testing for 24 hours, at a pressure which greatly exceeds normal household water pressure in the UK. On the very rare occasion that a section fails, they are discarded and the model is rebuilt with new sections.
Will This Move Cause Disruption?
Leaving the European Union has caused difficulties for a number of businesses. Amongst other issues, there are new rules and regulations, such as these UKCA marking requirements, that must be adhered to. With Brexit being followed almost straight away by the pandemic, many industries found themselves struggling. This is why the government stepped in to attempt to make things run more smoothly.
It has been announced that whilst these new requirements are coming in, businesses will have up until the 31st of December 2024 to fully implement these changes. Therefore, in short, your Trads purchase will not be disrupted by this change! The only difference that our customers can expect to see is the move from the CE to the UKCA symbol on our products.
Find Your New Cast Iron Radiators
Now that you know that, despite these changes, the quality of our products and our ability to produce them will not be affected, you can feel confident in your ordering!
You can design your new Cast Iron Radiators on our easy-to-use website, or you can select one from our ready-made range. For inspiration and information about our range please download our brochure or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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