Brexit Update – CE Marking and the UK

UK and EU Flags against a blue sky

I recently read a press release by UKAS, the UK’s accred­it­a­tion body, regard­ing their ongo­ing dis­cus­sions with the UK gov­ern­ment regard­ing the impact that BREXIT could have on UK accred­it­a­tion.

As men­tioned by Douglas Florence in a recent dis­cus­sion on LinkedIn, it’s pos­sible that if not handled well things could end up in a bit of a mess. Mr Florence par­tic­u­larly noted that:

  • The UK will no longer have any influ­ence in Machinery Working Group and Horizontal com­mit­tee. At present, the UK is an import­ant act­or in EU Machinery Working Group.
  • If UK require­ments diverge from EU require­ments, man­u­fac­tur­ers will need to fol­low dif­fer­ent require­ments for dif­fer­ent loc­al and EU sales.
  • If UK is not in the EU, UK machinery man­u­fac­tur­ers will need to find an EU address to quote on their DoC for the “per­son author­ised to com­pile the tech­nic­al file”.
  • The Machinery Directive has less reli­ance on Notified Bodies than some oth­er Directives, but it will be undesir­able if UK man­u­fac­tur­ers have to find a Notified Body (NB) out­side the UK if UK NBs no longer exist.

It’s worth­while not­ing that these points are NOT cer­tain to occur. Depending on what UKAS can do to influ­ence Downing Street, these points could be avoided or could have less impact than is cur­rently fore­seen by industry insiders.

It seems that UKAS is try­ing to ensure that UK accred­ited bod­ies are either:

  1. able to main­tain their exist­ing accred­it­a­tion or
  2. at least main­tain recog­ni­tion via mutu­al recog­ni­tion agree­ments with the EU.

As the say in their press release, it is still unclear what dir­ec­tion the UK Government is tak­ing in this mat­ter. Hopefully, we will find out soon!

Read the press release.

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Author: Doug Nix

+DougNix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. (http://www.complianceinsight.ca) in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Managing Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog.

Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity.

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