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 UK-issued certificates, licences or authorisations these may no longer be valid in the EU post-Brexit.
Some certification and licensing for certain products and services for the EU market has to date been conducted by authorities and bodies based in the UK. When the UK leaves the EU, the UK bodies will 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. This means you may have to either: transfer to an EU authorised body or authority; or obtain new certificates, licences or authorisations issued by a designated EU body or authority.
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 comply 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.
Sign up to the Brexit Update NewsletterBrexit Update Newsletter to receive regular information on Brexit by email.
Click here to return to the Brexit and Business page.