» No Deal preparation: legal framework for accreditation presented to Parliament

17 December, 2018

As part of the Government’s preparations for the eventuality that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, a draft legal framework for accreditation has been laid before Parliament. The draft Statutory Instrument (SI) confirms the appointment of UKAS as the national accreditation body and retains most of the requirements of EU Regulation 765/2008 which sets the legal framework for accreditation in the EU.

The draft SI also contains provisions to bring the ‘New Approach’ product Directives and Regulations into UK law. This includes provisions for the introduction of a new UK mark and the appointment of UK approved bodies to replace the existing Notified Bodies.

The draft SI will now be debated by Parliament but will only be brought into law if the UK leaves the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place.

The draft withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period until December 2020 during which the UK would continue to be regarded as if it were still an EU Member State. The political declaration gives details on the nature of the UK's future relationship with the EU, assuming the withdrawal agreement is ratified, and confirms the intention to ‘to operate to common principles in the fields of standardisation, technical regulations, conformity assessment, accreditation, market surveillance, metrology and labelling’, so continued mutual recognition of conformity assessment and accreditation should be assured.

See the UKAS and Brexit webpage for further information about UKAS' preparations for Brexit.