In order to ensure that applications can be progressed
to certification before the transition period ends on 31 December
2022, you must submit your application by 30 June 2022 at the
The UK-EAB is aware of the
announcement made by BEIS on Monday 20th June. We are currently
reviewing the implications of this announcement with UK government
colleagues and will be updating our website and frequently asked
questions in due course.
1. What type of products can the UK EAB issue UKCA certificates
The UK Explosives Approved Body (EAB) is the UK Approved Body
for the conformity assessment of all civil use explosives. Civil
use explosives fall into one of the following categories:
- blasting explosives
- detonating cords
2. If I am importing and assembling materials in Great Britain,
does each item require a UKCA mark?
If individual components are placed on the GB market in 2023,
they will require the UKCA marking. However, a final product can be
placed on the market in 2023, which requires the UKCA marking, and
can include CE marked components, if those components were placed
on the GB market before 31 December 2022.
3. If a civil use explosive product has a CE mark, does it also
need a UKCA/UK(NI) mark to be placed on the UK market?
In most circumstances any goods being placed on the
GB market will require a UKCA mark from an
accredited Approved Body from 1 January 2023. Product legislation
will regulate the relationship between component marking and
assembled/finished product markings; i.e. whether each individual
component needs to be marked and whether the overall product also
This applies to civil explosives and so you will need to apply
to the EAB for conformity assessment of your products. In any
application you may submit certification documents issued by the EU
Notified Body, including test data and reports; we will assess them
and may have some additional questions. Once we are satisfied that
the product is compliant with UK requirements, we will issue the
Products being placed on the market in Northern Ireland can have
either a CE mark issued by an EU Notified Body or a UKNI mark from
an accredited UK Approved Body from 1 January 2023 (this known as a
UK(NI)+CE mark); see Question 13 for more details.
4. Can you provide the cost for an application?
Prices for most activities can be found in Annex D of the
Information Handbook [pdf, 545 kB].
For products that have an EU CE mark, it is not possible to
provide a cost before assessing the application due to the range of
different products on the market. Costs are dependent upon the
complexity of the product, the information supplied by the EU
Notified Body and what additional work the EAB will need to
We therefore advise that applicants complete an application form
for one product type with all the supporting documentation required
(Drawings and specifications, CE Certificates, test reports from
the Notified Body, Quality Module Assessment reports) and we will
then provide an estimate of costs.
5. If a manufacturer is based outside the UK without
representation within the UK, can they still apply for a UKCA
certification? If so, who is responsible for the documentation and
A manufacturer from outside the UK can apply for a UKCA mark and
they will have the responsibilities required by the Explosive
Regulations 2014 (as amended). A manufacturer can appoint an
Authorised Representative who can undertake some of the required
responsibilities, but the Authorised Representative must be based
in the UK. For more information, visit the HSE pages
on UKCA/UK(NI) marking of explosives.
6. What is meant by an Authorised Representative and what are
the requirements for this role?
The delegation of tasks from the manufacturer to the authorised
representative must be explicit and set out in writing, in
particular to define the contents and limits of the
representative's tasks. The tasks that may be delegated to the
authorised representative according to UK legislation are of an
administrative nature and, therefore, the manufacturer may not
delegate the measures necessary to ensure that the manufacturing
process assures compliance of the products nor delegate the drawing
up of technical documentation, unless otherwise provided for. An
authorised representative cannot modify the product on their own
initiative in order to bring it into line with the applicable UK
Where the manufacturer appoints an authorised representative,
the mandate shall at least allow the authorised representative to
perform the following tasks:
- keep the UK Declaration of Conformity and the technical
documentation at the disposal of the national surveillance
authority and cooperate with them at their request
- upon a reasoned request from a competent national authority,
provide that authority with all the information and documentation
necessary to demonstrate the conformity of a product
- cooperate with the competent national authority, at their
request, on any action taken to eliminate the risks posed by
products covered by their mandate. Depending on the conformity
assessment procedure and the UK legislation in question, the
authorised representative can also, for instance, be appointed to
perform tasks such as:
- affix the UKCA or UK(NI)+CE Marking (and other
relevant markings) and the approved body's number to the
- draw up and sign the UK Declaration of Conformity
7. What are the expected time frames for issuing a certificate
for products already possessing a CE mark?
This is normally 12 weeks from receipt of all requested
documentation, but as the volume of applications is expected to be
high, we strongly encourage you to apply for the UKCA mark as soon
as you can in order to be ready for the changes from 1 Jan 2023.
Visit the EAB home page for
8. The product already holds a CE mark but we do not want to
create a new label, can we display both the UKCA and CE marks
Both marks can be applied, if required, as long as they are both
clear and do not obscure each other. A Declaration of
Conformity needs to accompany both marks.
9. Does the UK EAB issue certificates for
The EAB is the UK Approved Body for the conformity assessment of
civil use explosives. We do not cover the conformity assessment of
pyrotechnics. Queries regarding pyrotechnics should be directed to
10. I have been issued a UKCA certificate, how should I present
the UKCA mark?
Until the 31 Dec 2023, you can apply UKCA marking via a sticky
label or an accompanying document for most goods.
From 1 Jan 2024, UKCA marking must be applied directly on to the
product unless legislations allows otherwise.
For information on using the UKCA mark, please refer to the
guidance on GOV.UK.
11. Where can I find information on how to submit an
Information on how to apply for a UKCA certificate and the
application form can be found on the EAB Guidance page.
12. Where can I find information about placing a product on the
market after 1 January 2021?
Information regarding placing a product on the market can be
found on the HSE pages
about UKCA/UK(NI) marking of explosives.
13. What is the procedure for importing into Northern
Further information can be found on the relevant
14. I have been approved to use a UK(NI)+CE mark, how should I
present it on my product?
For information on using the UK(NI)+CE mark, please refer to the
page on using the UKNI marking.
For further information on applications for UK certificates,
please refer to the EAB home