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The British Parliament appears to be in meltdown with no unifying solution in sight. A chaotic Brexit scenario seems to be a very likely scenario. Even a delayed Brexit can still be a no-deal Brexit. In this case the UK would leave the European Union (EU) without agreements in place about what their relationship would be like in future.
The extended Brexit deadline only postpones concrete problems. With its withdrawal, the United Kingdom will become a so-called third country outside the European Union (EU). What does this mean for international companies? What preparations can companies - despite all the unknowns - do now?
The German Green Desk of BfU AG offers a Brexit Compliance Check to check for possible pitfalls. With the Brexit Compliance Check, we ensure through an audit that your specialist departments are prepared for Great Britain's withdrawl from the EU.
What are the effects of Brexit on my company?
Consequences on REACH regulations
REACH regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will also lose their validity in the UK in the case of a no-deal Brexit. All rights and obligations under REACH will cease- and in many cases - will be transferred to trading partners in the remaining 27 EU nations. The most obvious consequence is that imports from the UK will be considered imports into the EU. Finally, the importer has to fulfil REACH registration obligations.
If you source substances, mixtures or articles from the UK, you will now have to fulfil REACH obligations yourself. Previously, your UK trading partner fulfilled them. This includes registrations, communication within the supply chain (e.g. SVHC communication, passing on of safety data sheets) and checking for compliance with restrictions and approvals. An import from the UK - like today an import from the USA or China - will then require greater regulatory and financial expenditure. German Green Desk can be your assisting partner in facing the challenges of Brexit.
Consequences on machinery safety
Existing conformity assessment procedures lose their validity With the Brexit, notified bodies in the United Kingdom lose their previous status as notified bodies in the European Union. As a result, they will also be removed from the NANDO database. Due to the Union's product regulations, the organisations concerned will no longer be allowed to carry out conformity assessment tasks in the future. This means that existing conformity assessment procedures based on Union legislation will lose their validity from the date of withdrawal.