CE/UKCA Announcement

31 Mar
Groundforce are pleased to announce that their major shoring products are now endorsed with both the CE and UKCA Mark.

This represents the culmination of a 2-year project involving a root and branch assessment, overhaul and presentation of product information which is now encompassed within a number of individual “CE Technical Files”.

What does CE / UKCA marking mean?

The act of fixing the CE / UKCA mark to the product, and the signing of a Declaration of Conformity, constitutes a declaration by the manufacturer that the particular product meets the requirements of all the relevant European Product Directives. Shoring products in the main fall under the umbrella of the Machinery Directive.

CE marking is a self-declaration process (requiring proof by the production of a detailed “Technical File”) that Groundforce complies with EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation, whilst also confirming products compliance with the relevant requirements. In the same way, UKCA marking proves compliance to UK legislation.

These marks indicate that the product may be sold freely in the European Economic Area, collating all elements relating to EU directives, design codes and material specifications in one place, conveying compliance, credibility and provenance of the finished item.

What is the difference between the CE and UKCA marks?

As a result of Brexit, from 1 January 2021, the UKCA mark was introduced to replace the CE mark for goods sold within Great Britain. The CE mark however continues to be required for goods sold in the EU, including both Northern Ireland and Eire.

  • CE stands for Conformité Européenne (French for European Conformity).
  • UKCA stands for United Kingdom Conformity Assessment

What does this mean for our customers?

Despite temporary works equipment being exempt from mandatory CE / UKCA marking, Groundforce believe it provides added benefit to customers. Alongside comprehensive technical files, customers will have greater confidence that Groundforce products meet all technical, environmental and safety standards expected from a market-leading supplier.

Groundforce product ranges now displaying the CE/UKCA mark include: -

You can find out more about each of these products and more on our Shoring homepage.