The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases
Some will have the new UKCA markings and some won’t!
@PingSpike You should be looking in the fridge not behind it!!
I was referring to the CE marking, as it can still be legally sold until 01/01/22 but after, all goods will need to be UKCA marked, this also will raise the cost as its always passed on to the buyer
I’m not aware that the ‘C’ class specifications have been published yet, so no manufacturer will be able to start working towards that until they do. I wonder if the CAA will extend the interim 31 December 2022 end date?
The legal requirements for each C class have been available for some time. CAP1789B is currently the best place to find them. It’s not clear (to me) what DJI mean when they say there are no ‘industry standards’.
They may mean that as yet there is no competition to compete with.
No one has produced a drone to the set standards so why should they show everyone how to do it.
I honestly believe the above statement by DJI is just a sprat. I do believe they have these drones in the design stages or maybe even in testing. But there is no commercial benefit for them to sell them. They are selling drones that not class marked like hot cakes. So why produce and sell drones that are “restricted” when they can sell the best they can make with no restrictions.
What I think they mean is that “C” marking isn’t something a manufacturer can self certify rather the certification has to be from/via a notified body currently. The problem is IIRC that so far the certification requirements for notified bodies to assess against haven’t been published. Notified bodies can’t assess against EU 2019/945 because its not a hEN.
Article 13 in 2019/945 will be the problematic one, conformity under clause A requires hEN’s or clause B usage of a notified body. CAP 1789B is of course a direct republication of the EU directive as it stands.
I read somewhere from DJI that they are in talks with the regulatory bodies and are trying to get retrospective classification for current drones. Meaning, they say that the likes of the Air 2/Air 2S will be used just like the sub 250g drones are now, as there are countless drones in use today that will fit the bill
Please don’t flame me, it’s just something I read and it would be nice if it were to be true.
I wish I had, normally with something like that I would bookmark it. Sorry but there is this from Heliguy that states…
And, perhaps, true to form, DJI may well be leading the way again, this time paving the way for retrospective drone marking under the new drone laws.
A breakthrough in this department would certainly be beneficial for the drone manufacturer and operators, alike.
The fact that DJI is playing a key role in talks on this subject is telling, and their standing in the drone industry will no doubt carry substantial sway.
Certainly DJI’s recent rhetoric indicates that retrospective drone marking is a serious possibility.
After all, DJI’s product eco-system has the safety record and sophisticated features to comply with the requirements of the new class criteria.
As a trusted DJI partner, Heliguy believes retrospective drone marking would be beneficial - as long as each drone meets the requirements - and will do what we can to support this and shape any necessary standards.
Although the CAA say this is not happening. I suppose we will know when they eventually tell us.