While the UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020, we continue to provide European Union Notified Body (EU NoBo) services to customers all over the world through the EU NoBo status of several of our LRQA legal entities.
Our status as an EU NoBo is particularly relevant to our assurance and inspection work performed under various EU Directives and Regulations, which helps our clients retain their access to EU markets.
We hold NoBo status in several major EU countries:
- Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) in Germany (LRQA Deutschland GmbH), Spain (LRQA España SA) and the Netherlands (LRQA Nederland B.V.)
- Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED) in the Netherlands (LRQA Nederland B.V.)
- Construction Products Regulation (CPR) in the Netherlands (LRQA Verification B.V.)
- Machinery Directive (MD) in the Netherlands (LRQA Verification B.V.) and Spain (LRQA España SA)
- ATEX (File Retention Only) in the Netherlands (LRQA Verification B.V.)
Simple Pressure Vessel Directive (SPVD) in the Netherlands (LRQA Verification B.V.)
- Marine Equipment Directive (MED) in Germany (LRQA Deutschland GmbH) and the Netherlands (LRQA Verification B.V.)
Were ISO Standards affected by Brexit?
ISO is an international organisation and not tied to the European Union in any way. ISO Standards were therefore unaffected by Brexit.
Was UKAS affected by Brexit?
As an International Accreditation Forum (IAF) MLA signatory, UKAS’s accredited management system approvals continue to be recognised post Brexit. UKAS is currently a member of the European Accreditation Association (EA). UKAS remains a full member of EA, retaining its membership post Brexit for a minimum period of two years. We will update you on any changes to the EA membership and what this means for you in due course.
New UK Approval Regime
The UKCA mark regime came into effect when the Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020.
On this date, LRQA Verification Ltd (LRV) became a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) for the UK regulatory system, offering Conformity Assessment services for equipment requiring the UKCA mark.
LRV's UKCA number is 0038 with the scope of services listed on a new UK government domestic database which has replaced the EU’s NANDO database in the UK.
Please note that from 1 January 2021:
- The UK government introduced a ‘standstill’ period which means that from 1 January 2021, the UK accepts compliant equipment marked with either the CE mark with an EU NoBo number, or a UKCA mark with a UK Conformity Assessment Body number. This arrangement will cease on 31 December 2021.
- Manufacturers selling exclusively to the EU need to ensure equipment is CE marked.
- Equipment can be dual certified and marked accordingly with both the UKCA and CE marks, subject to the relevant contractual arrangements being in place with a UK Conformity Assessment Body and with an EU NoBo.
- Manufacturers selling exclusively to the UK market can use the UKCA mark immediately after 31 December 2020.
Please note that from 1 January 2022:
- UK government regulations will only allow equipment to be used if it has a UKCA mark along with a UK approved CAB number.
- Manufacturers selling exclusively to the UK need to ensure their equipment is UKCA marked. We are pleased to be able to support you with this service.
- Manufacturers selling to both the UK and the EU need to both UKCA and CE mark their equipment.
Please note that until 1 January 2023:
MED approved equipment can continue to be placed on UK ships.
Brexit impact in relation to EU Recognised Organisation status
In the marine sector, we are an EU Recognised Organisation (RO) and were required to be sponsored by an EU member State (for the purposes of ensuring compliance with Regulation (EC) No 391/2009, Article 8, previously gained this sponsorship through the United Kingdom.
The amendments to Regulation 391/2009 to remove the need for a sponsoring State entered into force on 28 March 2019.
With this amendment, LRQA automatically continues to enjoy its recognition following Brexit. Surveys and certificates for EU member States flagged ships, conducted and issued by us on behalf of the flag, remain wholly unaffected. Additional surveys are not necessary, nor is there a need to reissue any statutory Certificate.