Brexit Statement - BS EN 1090 and CE Marking

We would like to bring you up to date with the latest position regarding what might happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit and how it could affect CE marking and your BS EN 1090 certification.
 
Please be reassured that Alcumus ISOQAR is doing everything possible to ensure the continued smooth operation of your business and that that we are currently making arrangements to enable UK companies registered with Alcumus ISOQAR to be able to continue to CE mark structural steel components for export into the EU.
 

What a no-deal could mean for companies that supply the UK market only

 In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government’s plan is to replace CE marking with a new ‘UKCA’ mark. Manufacturers will need to use the UKCA marking if their products require third party assessment of conformity within the UK for products covered by the CPR (Construction Products Regulation) after 29 March 2019.
 
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government has stated that manufacturers will be able, for “a period of time” (which will be determined in consultation with business), to continue to use the CE marking when placing their products on the UK market (if their product meets the relevant EU requirements).
 
Alcumus ISOQAR would automatically become an approved body for issuing the UKCA mark for application to structural steel components in place of the CE Mark.
 

What a no-deal could mean for companies that supply both the UK and EU markets

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, products being exported to the EU which currently require the CE marking will still need to carry the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the relevant EU regulatory requirements.
 
Alcumus ISOQAR is currently making arrangements for UK companies to be able to CE mark products for export into the EU. We will update you with more details when appropriate.
 
Reciprocal arrangements will apply to EU companies who import into the UK (if their product meets the relevant EU requirements).
 
Alcumus ISOQAR has asked UKAS and the relevant government ministry, in the event of a no-deal whether it could be a consideration for existing BS EN 1090 certificates to continue to be valid until they expire (i.e. at the 3 yearly Recertification audit); in this way we would not be reissuing certificates and adding costs to what are often small businesses. We will keep you informed when guidance is received.
 
Please note that these arrangements are subject to change as negotiations are ongoing and it could be that  a ‘mutual arrangement’ is reached. We will share this information as it becomes available through various channels including this blog.
 
We would like to reassure you that we are currently making arrangements for UK companies registered with us to be able to CE mark products for export into the EU. There are a number of options we are putting in place in the event of a no-deal but we will endeavour to ensure that all of our clients can continue to trade within the European market.
 
We will post here again and write to all BS EN 1090 clients as we have more information. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Stubley at  steve.stubley@alcumusgroup.com.