Certification body the British Board of Agrément has been given the green light to issue UK Technical Assessments (UKTAs) – the first organisation in the UK to gain this approval.
The announcement comes at a critical time for UK-based construction product manufacturers, importers and distributors who have just a year to prepare their businesses for the switch from CE Marking to the new UKCA Marking regime for products placed in the GB market
As part of this process, European Technical Assessments (ETAs) will be replaced by UKTAs, with approved UK-based Technical Assessment Bodies (TABs) such as the BBA required to assess products for the UK market.
The news was confirmed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), heralding a busy year for the BBA.
CEO Hardy Giesler, said: “We are delighted to have been approved as the first UK TAB able to issue UKTAs to our clients. This important milestone enables us to respond quickly to the urgent needs of our clients who have been waiting to progress their ETA to UKTA transition for well over 12 months.
“Our team has worked hard on this, building relationships with other organisations such as the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA).
“We look forward to continuing to serve our industry throughout this transition.”