Brexit

Implications for the gases industry

It is the UK Government's stated intent to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019, commonly known as Brexit.

If the UK does not agree a deal with the EU (the no-deal scenario) then UK and European legislation will diverge.

However, note that all this information is subject to change and will be dependent on the outcome of political negotiations and the requirements of any deal, or no-deal, that is agreed.

The Government provides information on preparing for Brexit at https://www.gov.uk/brexit

To help prepare your business an electronic information tool is available at https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu

The EU have published a notice on the withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of industrial products. https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/file_import/industrial_products_en_1.pdf

Note that while the UK may enact new Regulations there is no guarantee that they will be recognised by, or that products conforming with the Regulations will be acceptable to, the EU.

There are several specific topics which are of interest to the gases industry:

 

Regulation of chemicals

In a no-deal scenario, the UK and the EU regulatory agencies would operate independently from each other. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide guidance.

REACH (The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals manufactured in or imported into the European Union). The UK will establish its own regulatory system for REACH. https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/reach.htm

Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of chemicals. https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/clp-no-deal.htm

Export and import of hazardous chemicals (PIC).
https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/pic-no-deal.htm
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/2613297

Regulating Plant Protection Products (PPPs), often referred to as ‘pesticides'. https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/regulating-pesticides-no-deal.htm

 

Transport

https://www.gov.uk/transport-goods-from-uk-by-road

The UK will continue to comply with existing legislation for the International carriage of dangerous goods.

Road transport will comply with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations [SI 2009 N0. 1348] (as amended). It is expected that the UK Government will enact amendment Regulations to clarify this policy.

Government information campaign for businesses and hauliers.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-hauliers-brexit-preparation-as-multi-million-pound-campaign-launched?utm_source=a07d3244-03dd-4101-a994-47c2c4132a78&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

This includes a handbook.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transporting-goods-between-the-uk-and-eu-in-a-no-deal-brexit-guidance-for-hauliers

 

Customs and excise

Having the correct documentation when crossing National borders. Import and export requirements.
https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/import-export

VAT for businesses.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

 

 

Conformity Assessment

The status of conformity assessment bodies.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-conformity-assessment-bodies-after-brexit

Due to the complexity of the regulation for medical devices and transportable pressure equipment these products will not be subject to the new UK framework, and separate arrangements will apply.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The latest information from UKAS is available at: https://www.ukas.com/customer-area/ukas-and-brexit/

 

Compliance with the Pressure Equipment Directive

CE Marking and the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark. The UKCA mark is the new UK product marking that will be used for certain goods being placed on the UK market. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-use-the-ukca-mark-after-brexit

 

Compliance with the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive

Transportable pressure equipment will comply with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations [SI 2009 N0. 1348] (as amended). It is expected that the UK Government will enact amendment Regulations to clarify this policy.

 

Standards

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has advised that its membership of the International Organizations for Standards ISO and IEC is unaffected by Brexit. Membership of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC will involve a transition period following Brexit to ensure that BSI can continue its membership of both organizations on a permanent basis.

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/about-bsi/uk-national-standards-body/standards-policy-on-the-uk-leaving-the-eu/

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/about-bsi/uk-national-standards-body/standards-policy-on-the-uk-leaving-the-eu/faqs-for-brexit-ag-result/

https://www.bsigroup.com/globalassets/localfiles/en-gb/brexit/brexit-product-certification-faqs.pdf

 

 

Ancillary items

https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

When travelling changes to documentation required may include:

• Passport. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
• Insurance (including health cover). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance
• Driving documentation, including a licence. https://www.gov.uk/drive-abroad. https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit
• Visa. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

There are also likely to be changes to mobile phone charges.