Life Sciences

Life Science businesses should take these five actions as a start:
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Visit gov.uk/transition to find out what new rules they need to follow.

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Check the new rules on importing and exporting goods between the EU and Great Britain. Different rules apply in Northern Ireland.

  • If a business sends goods from Great Britain to customers in Europe, they must complete export declarations for those goods. Goods exported to the EU may be subject to additional checks.
  • If they import goods from Europe that are on the controlled goods list (such as high risk animal products, alcohol or tobacco, or firearms), they must also complete declarations. If a business imports non controlled goods into Great Britain from Europe, they may be able to defer import declarations for up to six months.
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Use GOV.UK to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure businesses are ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

  • Businesses may need to review product markings, labelling, and packaging. They may need additional approvals, certifications, or registrations. They may need to appoint a legal representative based in the UK or EU. The legal responsibilities of businesses or their distributors may change.

 

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Get ready to make customs declarations.

  • Most businesses will need to work with a specialist, like a freight forwarding company or fast parcel operator, to complete import and export declarations.
  • More information is available here on GOV.UK
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If businesses are moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland, they need to check the latest guidance.

  • The Northern Ireland Protocol has come into force. There are special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland so if a business moves goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland they need to make sure they check the latest guidance here on GOV.UK