The United Kingdom will become a third country when it leaves the EU, making it more difficult to place new products on the market from and into the UK. If this happens without a relevant agreement being in place, then the role of economic actors in the EU will change. The importer of products from the UK will then become an importer into the remaining EU-27 and will essentially have the same obligations as an importer of goods from China. Notified bodies in the UK, e.g. under the Personal Protective Equipment Directive or Medical Devices Directive, will lose their status. This means that products certified by them can no longer be assumed to be compliant.
Parties concerned: Dealers who purchase goods from the UK as well as importers and manufacturers who have used a notified body in the UK for the CE conformity procedure for their products to date.
Requirements: Products from the UK must comply with a conformity procedure within the EU-27.
Our recommendation: As neither the date nor the withdrawal regulations are currently known, it is not recommended to arrange for products be covered by Notified Bodies in the United Kingdom. Merchandise from the United Kingdom should be treated as imported goods.
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