On 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU, 10 months after the initially expected date of 29 March 2019. To ensure the continued stability of the European standardization system and to give confidence to European business and consumers, CEN and CENELEC Members agreed, at their online General Assemblies of 18 June 2020, to extend the current transition period for their UK Member, BSI, until 31 December 2021.

This decision builds on the previous agreement from November 2018, which established the transition period to last until December 2020.

During the transition period, BSI will continue to have full Member’s rights and obligations as a non-EEA country.

CEN and CENELEC will gather, in coordination with BSI, more information on the trade negotiations between the EU and the UK, and on market access and related standardization issues for European stakeholders. These elements will help CEN and CENELEC, including BSI, to define the membership status of BSI and the membership criteria for CEN and CENELEC after 2021.

BSI has welcomed the decision by the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies and has expressed its commitment to cooperate with the other CEN and CENELEC members in this process.