The UK and EU have yet to finalise the agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU. Through our involvement in Standards Committees, Notified Body Forums and strong relationships with government and industry, we are closely involved with developments.
We will do everything we can to help our clients maintain their NoBo and RO approvals, and to 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.
Our status as an EU NoBo is particularly relevant to our assurance and inspection work performed under various EU Directives and Regulations. Although Brexit negotiations could result in arrangements under which the UK continues to operate its own NoBos, we are actively preparing for the possibility that UK NoBos will lose their current status from March 2019, as both the EU Commission and HM Government have indicated in their respective statements around the impact of a "hard Brexit".
We are firmly committed to remaining a major EU NoBo and have developed several options for how this will be achieved dependent on the final agreements made between the EU and UK.
We already hold NoBo status in several major EU27 countries. We are expanding these approvals to replicate the appointments we hold in the UK for regulations pertaining the transport of dangerous goods by container.
We have 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).
In addition to pursuing EU NoBo appointments to maintain support for our clients to access the European markets, we will also work closely with UK regulatory bodies to enable us to continue to support clients in accessing UK markets post-Brexit.
Management systems training and management systems accredited certification is unaffected by Brexit.
We will continue to provide updates as events unfold.
Will Lloyd's Register continue to provide Notified Body services in the EU after Brexit?
We have submitted the required applications for TPED to RvA for accreditation and once achieved an application for appointment will be submitted to De Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (ILT) for NoBo approval for Lloyd's Register Verification BV. The application is currently being assessed and we are expecting a firmer timeline to be available from around the end of 2018.
We intend to provide a very similar suite of services to those currently provided through our existing entity in the Netherlands: Lloyd's Register Verification BV, However, there is likely to be minor changes to our scope of approval which will be confirmed by the end of November 2018
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.
UPDATE: What steps do I need to take now to transfer certificates that will continue to be recognised by the EU?
We have made applications for ATEX, CPR, MD, MED, ND, PED, RID and the SPVD directives for NoBo approval for Lloyd's Register Verification BV in the Netherlands and are pleased to confirm that this has received accreditation from the Dutch Accreditation Council, Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA).
This means we can now progress with our application to the various Dutch ministries and we expect to receive formal notification and a posting on the Nando website in the next few weeks.
Once we receive approval, we will have Notified Body status both in the UK and the Netherlands. As such, in the case of a soft Brexit i.e. a structured withdrawal from the EU with an agreed deal, this will allow you to decide which will best meet the needs of your business.
Notified Body status in the Netherlands means we can continue to provide similar services to those now provided through our UK Notified Body for the following EC Directives and Regulations:
Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors
Transportable Pressure Equipment
Simple Pressure Vessels
Interoperability of the rail system within the Community
Directive (EU) 2016/797
Interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (recast)
Regulation (EU) No 305/2011
Please note, our application for Directive 2014/90/EU Marine equipment is being treated as an Extension to Scope (ETS) and will be added to the schedule of accreditation in the coming weeks.
If you decide to transfer, the next stage in the process will be to move your current certificates from LRV Ltd/LRC-Energy AS to LRV B.V. We have ensured that our Notified Bodies in the UK and the Netherlands work to identical processes and procedures which will make the transitioning of your certificates from one body to another as straightforward as possible, with minimal impact on your business.
The transfer includes the issue of certificates bearing the new Notified Body number assigned to us in the Netherlands, which then fully replaces your existing certificate issued from the UK.
How much will it cost to get new certificates?
It is our intention to transfer clients’ approvals from our UK Notified Body to that in the Netherlands with minimum cost once we obtain appointment in the Netherlands. We are discussing the transfer process with the Dutch authorities and will let you know any developments as they arise.