Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation reminds businesses to be alert to standards and certification changes post-Brexit
- NSAI briefs business on Certification, Supply Chain and CE Marking at a series of Brexit information sessions along the Border region in Cavan, Monaghan and Sligo this week.
- Sessions are first in a series of targeted events being hosted by NSAI.
The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., is today, Tuesday 29 January 2019, urging businesses to be alert to standards and certification changes that will arise from Brexit. In particular, she has reminded businesses that rely on a UK Notified Body for conformity assessment certificates to ensure that their certificates are issued by EU-27 based Notified Bodies after Brexit.
The Minister’s reminder comes as the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) brings its Brexit information briefings to the Border region this week to talk to businesses about certification, supply chain and CE Marking post-Brexit.
Minister Humphreys said, “These seminars offer a great opportunity for businesses to learn more about the Brexit issues which may impact them, and the steps needed to ensure their conformity assessment certificates remain valid post-Brexit, whether there is a deal or not. I continue to urge business owners to proactively engage in Brexit preparedness”.
The main aim of the briefings is to provide practical advice to businesses about the steps they need to take to be Brexit ready. The briefings will also address Brexit impacts for businesses that produce or import products, devices and components, which require certification.
Minster of State for Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. said, “The briefings are particularly important for manufacturers, importers, distributors and authorised representatives given their critical position in the supply chain and the obligations they have under EU law. The information provided through these briefings will help them to deal with the effects of Brexit, in whatever form that may take.”
Other key issues to be addressed at the NSAI briefings include:
- The role of National, European and International standards post-Brexit
- The status of ‘CE’ marking of goods going to and coming from the UK and current UK based Notified Bodies post-Brexit
- Significance of Brexit for importers as well as authorised representatives and distributors
- Brexit impacts on certification and trade
- Sector specific Brexit information
Further advice for businesses on how to prepare for Brexit and supports is available on www.nsai.ie/brexit
NOTES TO EDITOR:
NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s official standards body. NSAI’s activities include standardisation, conformity assessment and measurement. Where a standard already exists, NSAI works with organisations and businesses to help them apply it. Where a standard may be needed, NSAI will work with relevant parties at national or international level to create and develop the appropriate standard. NSAI improves the performance of organisations and protects consumers through the setting of standards and issuing of certification in the quality and safety of goods and services.
- The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is Ireland’s national standards body.
- Information on the impact of Brexit on standards and certification can be found on the NSAI website (www.nsai.ie/brexit).
- Along with other Irish Notified Bodies it offers certification services across a wide range of European directives.
Businesses should consult the EU Commission NANDO website for a list of all accredited Notified Bodies in EU 27, to find an alternative notified body.
A list of Irish Notified Bodies as well as their European counterparts and the directives they are notified for, can be found on the NANDO Website: (http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/nando/)