Relief as UK confirms it will adopt EU standards for construction products post no-deal Brexit

Parliament website Brexit image 031117Many manufacturers looking to export to the EU may be still in limbo with the government unable to say if British standards would be recognised in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but contractors, architects and product manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief, apparently, with the government confirming that products which are given the OK in Europe will be able to be used in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Building UK writes:

In its guidance on construction products regulation if there is no-Brexit deal the government said it had laid a draft statutory instrument on 18 December 2018 detailing the arrangements that will apply if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.

The guidance said all existing European harmonised standards would become UK ‘designated standards’. It said: ‘This will mean that immediately following the UK’s exit from the EU, the European harmonised standards and UK designated standards will be identical. The government will publish and maintain the list of UK designated standards. This will be a UK-wide approach with the standards applying at UK level…’

RIBA chief executive Alan Vallance welcomed the ‘much-needed clarity’ on what will happen when the current system of reciprocal recognition – the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive – lapses in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

He said: ‘Ensuring that EU qualified architects can continue to practice in the UK post-Brexit has been a priority concern for the architecture sector. I welcome the news that they will be able to register in much the same way as they do now should there be a no-deal situation.’

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The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government writes:

Overview: If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC) on the mutual recognition of qualifications will no longer apply in the UK. The UK government will maintain a system of recognition for architects with an approved qualification from an European Economic Area (EEA) state, provided the applicant has access to the profession in their home state…

… In 2015, the government published guidance for regulatory bodies of professional qualifications. It sets out the obligations placed upon them by the revised Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC. In the scenario where the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without a formal agreement, the published guidance will be updated to reflect the changes that are made to the MRPQ Regulations.

  • Stakeholders will be able to find further information on rules and rights after the UK exits the EU on www.gov.uk.
  • This notice is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.
  • It is part of the government’s ongoing programme of planning for all possible outcomes. We expect to negotiate a successful deal with the EU.
  • These arrangements are without prejudice to the rights and privileges accorded, by virtue of the Common Travel Area, to Irish and UK citizens when in each other’s state.

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