Certificates, licences and authorisations are required for trade in the EU for many types of goods such as medical devices and construction products, and for services such as in the transport sector.
If you rely on certificates, licences or authorisations issued by UK bodies, in the event of no deal these may no longer be valid in the EU post-Brexit. Similarly, when the UK leaves the EU, the UK bodies may no longer have the authority to issue certificates or licences within the EU.
To avoid disruption and delays, you will need to take the necessary steps to ensure you are compliant with EU rules:
If you source products from the UK, post-Brexit, you will no longer be considered a distributor but instead classified as an importer. In certain instances, this carries additional responsibilities. These may include checking whether your manufacturers have carried out the appropriate assessments, documentation and legal obligations.
You should contact your suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors for assurances about their services post-Brexit. You are also advised to contact your professional body who may have additional advice for you.
For a range of government supports to help you prepare for Brexit, see Programmes Funds and Supports.
If you plan on importing chemicals from the UK post-Brexit, you will need to ensure that the import of these products complies with EU regulations. The Health and Safety Authority operates a Chemicals Helpdesk, which can assist businesses with questions associated with the import of chemical products.
Information about the recognition of professional qualifications and of licences to practise in regulated trades is dealt with in the Staffing section.
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