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Can test evidence from an EU Notified Body be used in support of the UK CA mark?

Yes, but only under specific conditions.

On 20th June 2022, 'Construction Products Regulation in Great Britain - Guidance providing practical information for placing construction products on the GB market' on the website was amended to reflect the government's intention to recognise historic test certificates for products under Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) System 3, which captures much of the Type Testing for glass products.

The new guidance states the following:

'For products subject to AVCP System 3 testing, the UK mark may be affixed on the basis of testing conducted by an EU recognised notified body for the purpose of CE Marking where this testing was done before 31st December 2022.'

Further clarification is needed from government on some relatively minor issues (e.g. the possibility to provide the four-digit identification code of the EU Notified Body on the Declaration of Performance for UK CA marking), but the above now allows a manufacturer to commence UK CA mark of their products – which may have been established on the GB market for many years - on the basis of existing Type Testing reports issued by EU Notified Bodies.

For testing carried out under AVCP Systems 1+, 1 and 2, it has been possible for a competent UK Approved Body to accept the testing of a third party (e.g. an EU Notified Body) under a formal agreement and to provide the necessary documentation in support of UK CA Marking.
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