We are officially in the transition period of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. On January 31, 2020, the UK was out as a Member State of the EU. The transition period will last until December 31, 2020 whereas the UK remains in the EU Customs Union and in the Single Market. During this transition period, the EU and UK are expected to negotiate a new and fair partnership for the future. The transition period can be extended once by up to two years and must be decided before July 1, 2020.
As the current Withdrawal Agreement stands, new agreements will need to be in place by January 1, 2021, for goods to be lawfully placed on the market in the EU or the UK. “The Withdrawal Agreement provides that goods lawfully placed on the market in the EU or the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period may continue to freely circulate in and between these two markets, until they reach their end-users, without any need for product modifications or re-labelling. This means that goods that are still in the distribution chain at the end of the transition period can reach their end-users in the EU or the United Kingdom without having to comply with any additional product requirements. Such goods may also be put into service (where provided in the applicable provisions of Union law), and will be subject to continued oversight by the market surveillance authorities of the Member States and the United Kingdom.” (QANDA/20/104)
It is still too early to tell how the negotiations between the UK and the EU will play out. The best outcome is that the UK remains in a single market customs union and worse outcome is that no agreement is reached. The result will most likely be somewhere in between. That is why, it is important to stay up to date with DBI Certification’s press releases.
Be assured that DBI Certification understands your concerns and that we are establishing the best path for our customers. DBI Certification is in negotiations with a UKAS notified body in the event that at the end of the transition period the UK does not recognize EU accredited certificates therefore a nationally recognized UKAS accredited certification is required. All issued certificates with DBI Certification NB 2531 are and will remain vailid in the EU without the need of updating after the transition period ends.
We will keep you updated on these negotiations as they develop.