UK - EU REFERENDUM
The impact of the UK decision to leave the European Union on the activities of ASCB is considered...
The impact of the UK decision to leave the European Union on the activities of ASCB is considered negligible at this time.
ASCB view the referendum result as unexpected but exciting and anticipate the changes that may result being more socio and sovereign in nature than one affecting standards and accreditation. The possible reduction in bureaucratic measures within the UK (that is anticipated by many), may bring benefits to the ASCB regime but at this time the Board of ASCB are focusing on the maintenance of accreditation and the registration of certifications via IRQAO. Generally speaking the previous impact of our membership of the EU on quality assurance and standardisation is deemed to have been favourable regarding ASCB activity.
ASCB is politically neutral and has not promoted either staying in or exiting from the EU. We are mindful of our role within the international standards community and wish to maintain and promote our ethos that standards, and the accreditation associated with them, should be free of political interference and the vested interests of trade cartels and those engaged in lobbying. We wish to see the implementation of standards and accreditation for the benefit of the public rather than upholding the trading positions of the certification industry.
Caution and circumspection is advocated. The UK referendum outcome is only the first step of what is likely to be a very drawn out process over many years and no immediate action is deemed necessary regarding accreditation. The UK, at this moment, still remains part of the European Union. Regarding standards and trade; it is the opinion of the Board of Directors of ASCB that the obligations of organisations to comply with standards’ requirements in order to trade will remain unchanged. This is seen as a good thing and beneficial to the public at large which is our mission to serve.
It is fortunate that ASCB(E) has always been independent and international in its operations and as such it is probable that our position could be strengthened in the marketplace as we represent a consistency and continuity of operations that is not permitted other organisations because of their obligation to sway and shuffle their operations to accommodate the various shifts of political influence and policy.
In summary; the result of the UK decision to exit the European Union is not deemed to significantly affect the trading position or the technical requirements of ASCB. Our stature in the market-place may be somewhat enhanced because of the stability we exhibit and our ability to withstand political fluctuations.