» Brexit discussions continue

20 December, 2017

UKAS continues to keep in close contact with the Government departments preparing for the UK’s departure from the EU.

UKAS has been reassured to know that the requirements of EU Regulation 765/2008 (the legislation that governs accreditation across the EU and which provides the basis for UKAS’ appointment as National Accreditation Body) will be adopted into UK law by the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. This intention has been confirmed by Government Ministers and we are continuing to work closely with our sponsor Department, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to ensure that any necessary legislation reflects that intent.

Progress has also been made in discussions with the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA). EA has agreed to consider changes to the membership criteria which could allow UKAS to continue as a member of this important organisation following the UK’s exit from the EU. UKAS’ membership of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) will be unaffected by Brexit.

Discussions have also continued with the Department for Exiting the EU and the Department for International Trade on the need for mutual recognition of accredited conformity assessment in any new trade deals with the EU or third countries, especially in regard to those organisations currently appointed as Notified Bodies. The need for continued mutual recognition is fully understood by Government and hopefully progress on the detail of these arrangements can be made once trade discussions commence in the New Year.