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ECA's Brexit Guidance

On 1 January 2021 the UK completed its transition from membership of the European Union.

Regular updates are being posted to help Members manage the changing situation

 


 

Brexit guidance

 

Key Topics

The following includes updates and information from the ECA team, along with selected sources of information from government and other industry sources.

28 Nov 2020 Public Sector Procurement
This document outlines the portals available to win public sector contracts
17 Sep 2020 CLC Data Protection Guidance
This guidance offers an overview of the current situation, the possible scenarios dependent
on the securing of a trade deal with the EU, suggested mitigating actions, and other important
information, plus useful links and resources. It is appropriate for all businesses across the
industry and along the supply chain.

Access the guidance here.
   
  https://www.cbi.org.uk/uk-transition-hub/data-flows/
   
  https://www.cbi.org.uk/uk-transition-hub/public-procurement/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment and Skills - key links & information:

26 October CBI post-transition guidance (people)
Basic overview of key implications, including for existing employees and future recruitment
26 October CLC movement of people guidance
More detailed guide about the new points-based immigration system for recruiting skilled workers from outside the UK. ECA contributed to the contents of this guide, as a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s Movement of People working group.

The latest Government and other official information on UK Transition is at:  www.gov.uk/transition

HMGovt Brexit Videos
Short videos explaining key aspects of doing business post-Brexit transition (includes construction) - Accessed here

Helplines to help any business doing business with the EU from 1 January:
in England, call 0800 998 1098
in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.
 
 UK government’s updates on the transition period
 
 Welsh government advice to businesses
 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-personal-data-after-brexit
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/intellectual-property-after-1-january-2021
 
Information on the regulation of machinery and equipment is at:
 
https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/index.htm
 

Further external information and resources

 
https://www.cbi.org.uk/uk-transition-hub/
 
https://www.beama.org.uk/my-beama/brexit.html
 
https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/news/clc-launches-brexit-working-group-to-help-ready-industry/
 

 

Import and export of goods

From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Government guidance on what you need to do to continue exporting or importing is at:

Further Advice:
 

13 April 21

Shortages of cable management (steel products)

BEAMA has issued an updated statement on the shortage of finished steel and even non-metallic cable management products, which it expects to continue well into 2021. (The shortage is reported to be due to global demand outstripping supply, rather than Brexit transition.)  

   
3 March 21 Trading with the EU and NI - the government SME toolkit
   
05 Dec 20 Construction supplies availability
Build UK and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
have published a report on the supply of construction materials from
1 January 2021. The report can help businesses understand where goods
are manufactured and how they will be affected by changes in regulation,
currency fluctuations, transport arrangements and import duties at the
end of the transition period. The report is available here.
   
  Import and export information from the Electrical Distributors’ Association
is available here
   
  https://www.cbi.org.uk/uk-transition-hub/importing-goods-from-the-eu/
   

 


 

 

Technical Standards (including product safety):
 

10 Dec 20 Product markings from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021
Requirements on product markings in the UK will change from 1 January 2021
with a new UK Conformity Assessed Mark (UKCA). From 1 January 2022, new
provisions are expected to apply and there will be information on these changes
later in 2021.

 
08 Dec 20 All harmonised standards that give a presumption of conformity to EU law at the
end of the transition period will become ‘designated standards’ by the references
being published on GOV.UK. Businesses will be able to use designated standards
to provide presumption of conformity with GB law.
 
More details - here
   
28 Oct 20 CLC Conformity Marking of Construction Guide
CLC guidance on the conformity marking of construction products
after the expiration of the transition period with the EU (after 31 December 2020). 

From 1 January 2021 there will be three different product marks that
manufacturers, and others in the supply chain, may need to apply. 

Access the guide here
   
09 Nov 20 BASEC has issued information to help electrical and other engineering
services business to prepare for the imminent changes and ensure
cables remain compliant in the United Kingdom. Details are at:
https://www.basec.org.uk/news/2020/11/9/ukca-update-for-cable-stockists-and-distributors/
https://www.basec.org.uk/uploads/documents/CPR-and-UKCA-position-update-from-BASEC.pdf
   
  CE Marking - 2021 and beyond...
   
01 Nov 20 Confirmation from BEAMA/EDA that when wholesalers are checking
regulatory compliance, the CE mark will be used for the whole of 2021.
UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) marking will not become a
requirement for most products until 2022. A BEAMA confirmation letter
is at: https://www.eda.org.uk/eda-brexit-hub/labelling/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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