Start of the Brexit changes
On March 29, 2017, the UK officially submitted the notification pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which will lead to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) leaving the EU. This process is commonly being referred to as ‘Brexit’. Brexit will definitely affect all parties involved, but nothing can be said yet about the extent of the impact.
Now, in June 2019, it is still unclear whether a transition treaty may be signed and/or arrangements can be agreed for Notified Bodies and their customers. If no agreement will be reached (and a “hard Brexit” will occur), the trading rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) would apply from that moment on. It is possible that UK and EU Notified Bodies' certificates may then not be mutually recognized or deemed valid.
The new deadline has been set on 31 October 2019, which means that there is an extension of the period in which nothing is clear. Hopefully, negotiations are concluded as soon as possible about the final completion. We follow these closely, work on scenarios for our customers and we’ll communicate about developments.