Operate after Brexit

Sector-specific advice

Sector-specific changes

Following our exit from the EU, Scottish businesses in some sectors now need to obtain authorisations from new regulatory bodies. This may affect your business, particularly if you need to certify, package and label products for export.

Regulatory frameworks have changed

As of 1 January 2021, the UK no longer adheres to EU regulations. This means that businesses now need to obtain authorisations from new regulatory bodies.

A key concern for businesses in the financial services, chemicals, life sciences, creative industries and food and drink sectors in particular is the extent to which the UK continues to align with EU regulatory frameworks as this could affect issues such as the review and certification of products/services as well as packaging and labelling.

Read EY’s sector impact analysis report, commissioned by the Scottish Government

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) can provide support to businesses to help them continue to comply with environmental regulations in the context of EU Exit and Covid-19 issues. This includes the movement and storage of waste between GB/NI, the introduction of the new UK REACH regulations relating to chemicals and the transition to the new UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

Webinars for businesses by sector

BEIS’s new webinar series includes webinars tailored to different sectors, including: life sciences; aerospace; construction; consumer goods; metals and other materials; retail; automotive and electronics and materials.

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