Brexit

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 (commonly known as Brexit). Following a transition period, the UK and the EU have, with effect from 1 January 2021, agreed a trade and cooperation Agreement and there are new rules in place.

There are several specific topics which are of interest to the gases industry, for which BCGA provides links to relevant Government websites.

Government guidance is being updated, and BCGA will continue to monitor any changes and share key relevant information with members. Please consult the Government’s Transition Period webpage for the latest information, which can be found here.

Please see below for the most up to date information from Government on various aspects of Brexit, which are of relevance to BCGA members.

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Equipment

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.

After 1st January 2021, The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No 1111) will come into force. From 1st January 2021 Great Britain will no longer recognise the authority of the European Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED) as GB legislation, however, TPED remains in force across Europe. The changes introduced will affect, for example, the movement of transportable pressure equipment across national boundaries, placing on the market and how and by whom conformity assessment takes place.
BCGA has created a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

BCGA has sought the advice of the relevant Competent Authorities and will regularly review these FAQs in-line with any guidance received.

Healthcare

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.

Regulation of chemicals

The UK is currently establishing its own regulatory system for REACH. Defra own the regulation itself, with HSE acting as the operator of the policy and enforcer. Please see below for further information on this and other chemical regulations:

Standards

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

Transport

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.