» UKAS and Brexit

Following the triggering of Article 50 on March 29, 2017, UKAS has been working to ensure that those within Government dealing with Brexit are aware of the importance of accreditation to the national economy, and also to trade with the EU and internationally. Regular meetings are being held with Ministers and officials in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and the Department for International Trade (DIT). Following consultation with customers and stakeholders, the key messages being communicated to Government include:

  • Regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, it is vitally important for UK business that UKAS’ recognition as the UK National Accreditation Body continues.
  • Maintaining European and international recognition through continuing membership of EA, ILAC and IAF is extremely important for UKAS, for UKAS’ customers and for users of accredited services.
  • Continued access to notified bodies, or other mutually recognised bodies, will be important for UK businesses.
  • If new trade agreements are required between the UK and the EU, consideration will need to be given to how any required testing or inspection is carried out and how the competence of the organisations is assessed. Accreditation is likely to be required for this purpose.
  • It will be essential for UK industry that accreditation is given due recognition in any new international trade agreements that emerge.

UKAS is satisfied that these messages have been fully understood by Government and discussions are continuing on how the objectives set out can be delivered in the Brexit process.

This one-pager sets out the role that UKAS plays in supporting trade through the mutual acceptance of test results and certificates and has been delivered to a wide range of Government officials.

As the situation develops and discussions with UK government and other relevant authorities progress, these pages will keep you updated on the latest information regarding UKAS and accreditation:


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