We are committed to providing our clients continuity of service regardless of the outcome of the negotiation process and are taking all necessary actions to ensure this.
The UK and EU have yet to finalise the agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU. There are two key areas of our activity that we are watching closely for any potential impact:
- our work as Notified Body (NoBo) under various EU Directives and Regulations, and
- as a Recognised Organisation (RO) in the marine and offshore sector, which requires sponsorship by an EU flag.
Through our involvement in Standards Committees, Notified Body Forums and strong relationships with government and industry, we are able to stay closely involved with developments.
We will make it as easy as possible for our clients to maintain their NoBo and RO approvals, ensuring that they retain their access to EU and UK markets.
As negotiations progress, we will keep you updated both on this page and via our account managers and business support teams.
For specific areas of interest and further information please click on the relevant topic.
- Medical Devices Directives
- Industrial Equipment Directives
- Transportable Container authorisations
- Marine Equipment Directives
- European Union Recognised Organisation status
You may find the answer to your query in our frequently asked questions section below
Will Lloyd's Register continue to provide Notified Body services in the EU after Brexit?
Yes, we are committed to providing all our customers with the same range of services post Brexit in the EU27 and the UK and we currently provide in the EU.
We are already approved as a Notified Body for the Lifts Directive in France by COFRAC: our NoBo number 2748.
We have made applications for all other approvals in the Netherlands, where LR has a large and long-established operation. We intend to provide identical services to those currently provided, through two existing notified bodies in the Netherlands, Lloyd's Register Verification BV (for Industrial Equipment Directives and Transportable Container authorisations) and Lloyd's Register Nederland BV (for Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostics Devices).
We have made applications for Medical Devices directives under 93/42/EEC and 98/79/EC to VWS/Directie GMT in the Netherlands for notified body approval for Lloyd's Register Nederland BV.
We have also made applications for ATEX, CPR, MD, MED, ND, PPE, PED and the SPVD directives to RvA in the Netherlands for NoBo approval for Lloyd's Register Verification BV. We already hold a variety of accreditations in the Netherlands through which we have a longstanding relationship with RvA.
The applications are in various stages of assessment, with an expectation of obtaining approvals starting from around the end of 2018.
We have already prepared the required applications to the relevant Dutch authorities for the EU Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive, the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) regulation, and the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).
How long will my existing Lloyd's Register certificates remain valid for?
Unless a mutual recognition arrangement is agreed between the EU and the UK either on a transitional or permanent basis as part of the Withdrawal Agreement, currently issued LR certificates will cease to be valid with effect from the withdrawal date (30 March 2019 00:00 hrs CET). There are indications that mutual recognition of Notified Bodies will be included within the scope of the proposed transition agreement, covering the period until December 2020. We understand that discussions also include the possibility of a permanent mutual recognition scheme forming part of the final agreement. However, to address the possibility that there could ultimately be no recognition agreement between the EU and the UK, we are taking all necessary measures to enable us to continue to support our clients, by obtaining Notified Body appointments within the EU27.
Will notified body transfers be free of charge or at a nominal cost?
We appreciate that the UK's decision to leave the EU may result in additional costs to our clients and for oursleves. It is our intention to work with each client individually to determine an approriate transfer strategy and, wherever possible, we will seek to absorb all reasonable costs, e.g. the costs of reissuing certificates.
What steps do I need to take now to transfer certificates that will continue to be recognised by the EU?
As we are in the process of taking all the necessary action to mitigate against the potential outcomes, our clients do not currently have to take any further action. Whilst the outcome of EU and UK negotiations is unknown, we remain committed to making the transfer of certificates as simple as possible for all our clients.