EMAS prepares for Brexit

The European Commission announces options for organisations wanting to remain EMAS-registered

The European Commission has published a notice on the consequences of the Brexit in the field of EMAS, aiming at preparing citizens and stakeholders, for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Following the United Kingdom’s notification of 29 March 2017 to the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union and unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019. The United Kingdom will then become a third country.

The Commission's notice reminds all stakeholders, especially EMAS-registered organisations, organisations planning to apply for EMAS registration, Competent Bodies, Accreditation Bodies and environmental verifiers, of the legal repercussions which they need to consider once the United Kingdom becomes a third country.

One option for organisations in the UK wanting to join or stay in the EMAS’ network is to apply to EMAS Global. More information on this procedure is available here. The EMAS Helpdesk can also be contacted at emashelpdesk@adelphi.de for any questions regarding the transition.

For more information on the consequences of the Brexit, please visit the Commission's website.