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Brexit ramifications for the sector

Dec 09, 2020

With the formal ending of the UK/EU partnership on the 31st January, many businesses will have been keen to find out exactly what this means for their construction products. GARLAND Consultants are here to guide you through what the transition period means for your business.

As the end of the Brexit Transition Period approaches on the 31st December 2020, Construction Professionals in Ireland must make themselves aware of the consequences of Brexit.

Products that are currently certified by UK registered Notified Bodies, will lose their certification on 1st January 2021.

Products must be certified by a Notified Body based in the EU27. For more information click here

 

The European Commission published a notice on the 9th July 2020 to help businesses and citizens prepare for the changes. To see the notice click here

Also available at this link are sector specific Brexit readiness notices. In particular, the Commission has published a Notice to Stakeholders 

The notice gives guidance to stakeholders in relation to Industrial Products, including construction products covered by the Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, and aims to support stakeholders in dealing with the consequences of the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020.

This notice is an update of the preparedness notice the Commission published in January 2018, and the questions and answers document it published in February 2019, during the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

The guidance in the notice is set out in three parts

  • · Part A - the legal situation as of the end of the transition period,
  • · Part B - the relevant separation provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, and
  • · Part C - the rules applicable to Northern Ireland as of the end of the transition period.

It is essential that all stakeholders are aware of the implications, and are ready for the changes, which will arise regardless of the outcome of negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom. There is no room or time for complacency.

The notice reiterates the general principles that after the 31 December 2020:

      1. Manufacturers, distributors, importers and authorised representatives must comply with their obligations and responsibilities under Regulation (EU) 305/2011 when placing a construction product on the EU market.

      2. Both authorised representatives and importers must be established in the EU-27. 

      3. UK Notified Bodies will lose their status as EU Notified bodies the end of the transition period.

 

It is important that builders, specifiers, designers, certifiers etc., are aware of the guidance and changes above. They should ensure that the CE Marking/ Declaration of Performance and relevant product-related documentation is appropriate to demonstrate and ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.

Further information on compliance with the Construction Products Regulation is available here and information on the implications of Brexit are available here.

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