Brexit Update — CE Marking and the UK

Brexit: 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

Doug Nix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. (http://www.complianceinsight.ca) in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Senior 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. For more see Doug's LinkedIn profile.