Construction Products and EU Exit - Stakeholder Engagement

2nd October 2019

 

The Government is preparing for our exit from the EU and has asked us to share with you three key provisions for business readiness in the event a no deal Brexit on 31 October.  Please ensure your own supply chain partners, and in particular Tier 3 and SME suppliers, are aware of these initiatives and the support available to them.

Construction Products Regulation (CPR) no deal guidance
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government has made legislation that ensures that the UK-based CPR system will continue to operate after exit day.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, European harmonised standards and UK designated standards will be identical. Notified bodies operating under the CPR and based in the UK will be granted new UK ‘approved body’ status and listed on a new UK database. Where a UK approved body has undertaken conformity assessment activity against UK designated standards, the manufacturer must affix a UKCA marking.

Goods affixed with a compliant CE marking on the UK market before exit day will be able to continue to circulate in the UK. Additionally, goods which are made and assessed against EU harmonised standards and carry a compliant CE marking can continue to be placed on the UK market. It is intended that these arrangements will be for a time-limited period and sufficient notice will be given to economic operators before that period ends.

For further information, please read Construction Products Regulation if there is no Brexit deal.

The Business Readiness Fund
There is £10 million available to support trade associations and other business organisations in helping businesses prepare for Brexit.  This fund may be used for various things including (but not limited to) events, training, information campaigns, webinars, podcasts or the production of advice packs.

Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September 2019 and administered through a dedicated website. For more information on the fund, you can contact the business readiness fund team via email: businessreadinessfundenquiries@beis.gov.uk.

UK-wide Business Readiness Events
Join HMG at a free Brexit Business Readiness event in your area to meet government advisers and to find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare. The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. To join HMG at a location near you to get free help and advice to get your business ready for Brexit, please register now at Get Ready for Brexit.