Brexit Update – CE Marking and the UK

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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