Getting Brexit ready for engineers

Posted September 17, 2020 in Zenco News

As we near the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, we are signposting information and services on our website to help you manage Brexit risk.

The following sections should assist you:

  • Mobility and mutual recognition for engineers
  • Standards, Construction Products Regulation and the ‘CE’ marking
  • Trading with the UK
  • General Brexit readiness and financial support
  • Northern Region members
  • GB Region members

Mobility and nutual recognition for engineers

In 2018, Engineers Ireland signed an agreement (known as an Access Pathways Agreement) with the Engineering Council, our counterpart in the UK, to facilitate mobility of engineering professionals through streamlined professional registration/membership processes. The Agreement recognises the equivalent holders of professional registered titles in both jurisdictions including:

• Chartered Engineer (CEng)

• Engineering technician (EngTech) and

• Associate Engineer (Ireland) /Incorporated Engineers (UK)

Also included are holders of the UK’s Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTech).

The Agreement, put simply, ensures that engineers who apply, are assessed and achieve a registered professional title from Engineers Ireland, will continue to have that registered title recognised if they seek work in the UK post-Brexit. Correspondingly, engineers in the UK, who receive a professional title from one of their professional engineering institutions, will have that title recognised if they wish to come to work in the Republic of Ireland.

If you have any query on the recognition of your professional title, please contact membership@engineersireland.ie

Standards, Construction Products Regulation and the ‘CE’ marking

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) requires that when certain construction products are placed on the EU market, the manufacturer must produce a ‘declaration of performance’ and place a ‘CE’ marking on the product. Third parties called ‘notified bodies’ perform assessments of products and provide ‘certificates of conformity’. They must be registered in an EU country.

UK ‘notified bodies’ (those registered in Great Britain or Northern Ireland) will lose their legal status as EU ‘notified bodies’ from the end of the transition period, 31st December 2020. Construction products relying on certification from a UK ‘notified body’ may not be placed on the EU market from this date. This may affect supply chains and the availability of certain products.

To limit disruption on construction sites, check your supply chain to ensure the construction products you need will be available after the UK leaves the EU. Check that the relevant product-related documentation is appropriate to demonstrate and ensure compliance with the Building Regulations. Further information on the Construction Products Regulation is available from the DHPLG here.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland, NSAI, has established a Brexit Unit focused on examining and communicating the impacts of Brexit on the Standards and Certification of products and services. Its remit is to provide support and guidance to Irish businesses and industry, to mitigate Brexit effects on Standards and Certification. For more information, see their webpage here and webinar series here.

Trading with the UK

One of the most practical steps businesses who trade with the UK can take is ensuring they have customs registration, known as an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). Having an EORI number is a necessary first step in being able to trade with the UK post Brexit.  You request this number through the Revenue Commissioners.  This is the link on Revenue’s website to apply for an EORI number.

According to the Department of Finance, you should also:

  • Consider how you will make your customs declarations and if you require a customs agent to assist you, post Brexit
  • Talk to the businesses who transport your goods or products to help you identify your supply chain
  • Determine the origin and Commodity Code of your goods or products.

Our CPD Team has linked in with Chartered Accountants Ireland to provide a free webinar on 22 September entitled Are you ready for Brexit? The event will outline the likely impact of Brexit on a range of sectors and will assist engineers in assessing whether and to what extent they now need to engage in formal preparation and training ahead of December.

General Brexit readiness and financial support

In September 2020, the Government published the Brexit Readiness Action Plan setting out the steps that businesses and individuals need to take now, to be ready for the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020 (available here).

The main sections of interest for engineers are:

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s Getting Your Business Brexit Ready page can be found here. This includes sectoral information on Construction and Manufacturing. Businesses and consumers who are concerned about Brexit and what it may mean for them are encouraged to visit www.gov.ie/brexit where there is a range of practical information on how to get prepared. @BrexitReadyIRL is the main Government Twitter account for updates.

There are many supports available through the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Skillnet Ireland, to help businesses examine their Brexit exposure, seek advice, avail of customs training and make plans to protect their business.

Northern Region members

While the information above is primarily ROI-related, our Northern Region Members can access additional information provided on the website of the Northern Ireland Executive Brexit Brief and NI Direct. The Irish Government also has a particular section on Northern Ireland on its website and it is here. It covers many areas including Travel, Business, mobile phone and data use, living and working.

GB Region members

Our GB members can access information from the UK Government’s website on ‘The UK Transition’ here.

Source: https://www.engineersireland.ie/News/getting-brexit-ready-for-engineers