The European Commission has published an updated notice on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and its consequences in the field of EMAS, aiming at informing the different stakeholders about the legal situation.
The United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union since 1 February 2020 and has become a third country, which is a country not member of the EU. According to the Withdrawal Agreement, a transition period has been agreed ending on 31 December 2020. European Union primary and secondary law applies to that date to and in the United Kingdom.
Afterwards, and irrespective of the outcome of the still ongoing negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom on an agreement on a new partnership, the new status of the UK will have consequences for its implementation of EMAS.
Therefore, the Commission’s notice advises organisations registered under EMAS by the Competent Body designated by the United Kingdom to apply for a new EMAS Global registration with an EMAS Competent Body designated by an EU member state. Aside from that, EMAS registered organisations can arrange for a transfer from the registration by the United Kingdom Competent Body to an EU Competent Body based on a contractual arrangement between the EMAS registered organisation, the Competent Body designated by the United Kingdom and an EU Competent Body.
After the end of the transition period, the United Kingdom Accreditation Body will lose its status as an EU EMAS Accreditation Body. EMAS environmental verifiers accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Body will lose their status and cannot carry out the tasks as EU EMAS accredited environmental verifiers.
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 once the transition period ends.
Please find all information on the legal situation in the Commission’s notice.