The United Kingdom (UK) exited the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and we are currently in a Brexit transition period which will last up to 11pm on 31 December 2020. We want to reassure our management systems certification existing and new business customers that ISO is an international organization and not tied to the European Union in any way. ISO Standards are therefore unaffected by Brexit.
Whatever the outcome of Brexit, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will continue to be recognized by the UK Government as the UK's sole national accreditation body. This has been confirmed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and is included in the Statutory Instrument.
UKAS’s international recognition through signatory status to the multi-lateral agreements with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) will remain unaffected by Brexit. UKAS has released a statement recently which can be found here
Within Europe, UKAS will also retain its membership of the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and will remain a signatory to the EA multi-lateral agreement. Therefore, UKAS has confirmed that UKAS Accreditation (in regard to ISO management systems certification schemes) will retain the same international recognition that you and your customers rely upon.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.