European Standardization addressing Brexit’s impact 

In order to ensure the stability of the European standardization system and to provide legal certainty and continuity at technical and policy level to all the experts contributing to the development of European standards, CEN and CENELEC agreed, at their General Assemblies of 23 November, to apply a transition period from the date of Brexit (expected to be 29 March 2019) until 31 December 2020.

During this transition period, BSI – the UK national standardization body - will continue to have its full member’s rights and obligations, independent from the political agreement, or otherwise, between the EU and the UK.

In the course of this transition period, CEN and CENELEC will gather, in coordination with BSI, more information on the political situation within the EU and the UK, and its impact on market access through standards. These elements will help determine the CEN and CENELEC developments with regard to the membership criteria and membership status of BSI after 2020. At the same time, CEN and CENELEC will ensure the update of their respective by-laws so that they are consistent and capable of dealing with similar situations in the future.

BSI has welcomed the above decision by the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies and has expressed its commitment to cooperate with the other CEN and CENELEC members in this process.

For more information, please contact Sarah Penny.