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Can you survive the Brexit uncertainty? Ensure your products will be eligible for the European Market.
Brexit Product Assurance

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The uncertainty of Brexit presents a threat to any manufacturers with products certified by UK Notified Bodies who sell in the European market. There are steps you can take to Brexit-proof your business. 

DNV GL will support manufacturers in the UK to transfer their UK-based CE certification to an EU 27 Notified Body to help mitigate the risk of a no-deal outcome. In the event of UK-issued CE certificates becoming invalid for access to the European market, it is expected there will be significant delays as thousands of manufacturers rush to re-certify their products.

DNV GL Business Assurance is headquartered in Norway and operates multiple Notified Bodies for numerous directives throughout the remaining 27 EU Member States providing a good opportunity for manufacturers to mitigate their risk and secure continued market access.

 Contact us for a free no obligation consultation to better understand your options and how we can help.

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What is the Brexit uncertainty around ATEX Certification?

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On 29th March 2017, The United Kingdom submitted notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. All European Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom on 12th April 2019. Preparing for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal is not just a matter for politicians, but also for private enterprise – especially where CE marking for market access to the European Union is concerned. In the absence of a comprehensive transition agreement or trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom there is risk of significant disruption to manufacturers who place products on the European Market.

How does this impact my ATEX Certification?

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In some product areas, ATEX marking requires the involvement of a third party, known as a Notified Body. European legislation requires that Notified Bodies are established and designated by Member State designating authority. This means that, in the absence of a transition arrangement or trade deal UK Notified Bodies will lose their status on the withdrawal date. In this scenario, manufacturers with products certified by UK Notified Bodies will no longer be able to place those products on the European Market from 30th March 2019 and will need to apply for a certificate issued by a Notified Body in the remaining 27 EU Member States. In the event of failure to reach a transition agreement or trade deal, which includes conformity assessment, manufacturers with CE certificates issued by United Kingdom Notified Bodies will need to either apply for a new CE certificate or arrange a transfer of certification in advance with a Notified Body from the remaining 27 EU states. In complex and high-risk product categories, for example Hazardous Area Equipment (ATEX) or Medical Devices, conformity assessment can take a significant length of time, especially if testing is required.

What steps should I take to manage this risk?

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Manufacturers should take immediate steps to assess their product portfolio and determine the risks presented in the event that ATEX certificates issued by United Kingdom Notified Bodies cease to be valid for placing products on the market. DNV GL Business Assurance is headquartered in Norway and operates multiple Notified Bodies for numerous directives throughout the remaining 27 EU Member States providing a good opportunity for manufacturers to mitigate their risk and secure continued market access.