The UK electorate’s referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) continues to create much debate and conjecture regarding its potential impact on business and the economy.
TÜV SÜD can reassure our customers that they should have no concern about our ability, and that of our certification body TÜV SÜD BABT, to provide EU Notified Body and other compliance services.
The UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated that the Government will not trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which initiates the UK’s departure from the European Union, before the end of 2016. This implies that the minimum transition period of two years will not begin until the end of 2016, and provides some reassurance that the UK will continue to operate within the EU’s regulatory framework until at least the end of 2018.
This will allow time for the UK Government to negotiate new mutual recognition agreements with the EU and other trading blocs, and there are already precedents of non-EU states such as Switzerland having Notified Bodies recognised by the EU.
Should the UK Government experience difficulties in its negotiations, we are in a privileged position to ensure the continuity of service that you currently enjoy from TÜV SÜD and TÜV SÜD BABT. We have the combined strength of an international organisation, with a wealth of experts located in offices worldwide, as well as other Notified Body appointments across the EU. We will therefore continue to work with TÜV SÜD’s international network to support our UK experts in delivering compliance services to you.
For TÜV SÜD and its customers, it will remain business as usual.