Melamine tableware, also known as imitation porcelain tableware, is formed by heating and pressure pressing of melamine resin powder. Melamine tableware is used in the catering industry and children's catering industry for its lightness, beauty, low temperature resistance, and non-breakability. Melamine tableware with its exquisite patterns and bright colors. And it is widely recognized and loved for its drop resistance, durability and high temperature resistance.
Let's talk about the certification required for melamine tableware on Amazon UK?
After Brexit, the EU's main product standards will be replaced by the new UK equivalent (UKCA mark), UKCA is the abbreviation of UK Conformity Assessed. Like the CE mark, the UKCA mark is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that the product complies with the standards stipulated in the law, and after self-declaration in accordance with the prescribed procedures, make the corresponding mark on the product. Manufacturers can seek tests from qualified third-party laboratories to prove that the products meet relevant standards, and issue AoC, which is the basis for the manufacturer's self-declaration DoC. The DoC needs to contain key parameter information such as the manufacturer's name and address, and the model of the product.
What is the UK Declaration of Conformity (UK DoC)?
The UK DoC is a document that must be drafted for most compliant products bearing the UKCA mark. In the document, the manufacturer or his UK authorised representative (where permitted by law) shall:
1 A statement that the product complies with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
2 Make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or UK authorised representative) and information about the product and the conformity assessment body (if relevant)
What are the rules for the use of the UKCA logo?
Affixing the UKCA mark: Until 1 January 2023, for most products (except those subject to special rules), the UKCA mark can be affixed to the product's label or accompanying documents. From 1 January 2023, the UKCA mark must be affixed directly to products in most cases. Therefore, businesses should start preparing for this.
Here are the general rules:
1 The UKCA mark may only be affixed to products by the manufacturer or his UK authorised representative (where permitted by law);
2 When the UKCA logo is affixed, the manufacturer assumes full responsibility for whether the product meets the requirements of relevant regulations;
3 Only the UKCA mark can be used to demonstrate that the product complies with relevant UK law;
4 not to provide to third parties any sign or mark that may misinterpret the meaning or form of the UKCA mark;
5 No other marks that affect the visibility, legibility or meaning of the UKCA mark shall be affixed to the product;
6 Unless expressly required by legislation, the UKCA mark shall not be affixed to products.
Rules for using the UKCA logo:
1 If the size of the logo is reduced or enlarged, the relevant proportions of the letters of the UKCA logo shall be observed;
2 the height of the UKCA mark shall be at least 5mm, unless a different minimum size is specified in the relevant regulations;
2 The UKCA logo must be clearly visible.
Steps for melamine tableware customers to apply for UKCA certification:
The UKCA certification process is the same as the EU CE certification process, generally divided into the following six steps:
1. Determine the applicable UK regulations and standards
2. Self-verification of product compliance
3. Determine whether conformity assessment by a UK Notified Body is required
4. Check product compliance
5. Save the required technical documentation
6. The product is affixed with the UKCA logo and a UKCA DoC is issued.
The detailed certification content still needs to be confirmed by a third-party authoritative testing and certification agency when the merchant actually implements it, so as to avoid unnecessary trouble when selling on Amazon.