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Statement on the rejection of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Parliament

On Tuesday 15 January, the UK Parliament voted down the agreement governing the orderly exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019 - Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Posted on 16.01.2019

Now, a hard Brexit looks increasingly likely. This means that in less than 80 days the UK might become a third country and no transition time will be allocated to adjust to the changes brought in by Brexit.

Brexit is not only a UK issue. The situation should be considered extremely urgent for Europe as 30-40% of medical technologies have been certified and provided via a UK notified body, consequently there is a concrete risk that such products would stop being distributed immediately putting both patients and hospitals into a very critical situation.

It is MedTech Europe’s hope that all efforts are put in place to ratify a deal that would come into force when the UK leaves the EU on March 29. Post-Brexit discussions should provide the opportunity to include more specific commitment on the importance of ensuring a long-term alignment on the medical technology regulations and to continue to protect the safety of patients and public health in the EU and the UK.