Post-Brexit Implications

Implications for accreditation in the regulated sectors post-Brexit

Source: Irish Health & Safety Authority

The European Commission has clearly stated that United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation and certificates and reports issued by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) accredited by UKAS will not be recognised with respect to the EU Regulatory system, as of 1st January 2021, for example regarding Notified Bodies for the purposes of CE Marking, EU Emission Trading System, EU Food and Feed regulations, EU Cybersecurity act, and other EU legislation.

It is important that all Irish authorities and business satisfy themselves on the appropriate certificates for regulatory purposes and consider obtaining testing/inspection and certification services from INAB accredited organisations. The European Commission has issued notices in certain regulated sectors which may be found at here. For organisations already accredited who need to extend their scope of accreditation to promote trade in Irish goods and services, or for those who are considering accreditation, please contact INAB here.

For queries in relation to accreditation, please email inab@inab.ie or submit a question through the ContactUs form on the INAB web portal here.

The Republic of Ireland & the EU

INAB which is a Division of HSA is Irelands National Accreditation Body
UKAS in the UK is the UK’s National Accreditation Body.

In terms of EU Regulation 765/ 2008 Accreditation & Market Surveillance, it is only UK test certificates issued by a UKAS labs that are no longer recognised within the EU as the UK are not a member state.

It is understood that the Acoustical Laboratory in the National Standards Authority of Ireland NML maintain the National Reference Standards for the calibration of Class 1 and 2 SLMs and SLCs. Typically they calibrate these in accordance with IEC 61672 and IEC 60942, and use the tolerances given in each to declare compliance or otherwise.

While the NSAI is not accredited to ISO 17025, they do operate a Quality Management System in accordance with this standard. This is reviewed annually by Euramet’s Technical Committee on Quality (TC-Q). They are peer-reviewed technically by an expert from another NMI in each area every couple of years and also have ISO 9001 certification.

Recognition of Calibration Certificates: NSAI National Metrology Laboratory.

To download the International Recognition of Calibration Certificates issued by NSAI NML, click on the image below.

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