Brexit and the healthcare sector

As of 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer an EU country. A transition period began on 1 February 2020 and will last until 31 December 2020. During this period nothing will change. The current EU rules on medicines, medical devices and human tissue will still apply to the UK.

During the transition period the EU and the UK will negotiate the details of their future relationship. This may include making agreements about trade. Details will become clearer over the course of 2020.

The withdrawal agreement includes transitional arrangements on healthcare that may also apply to you. The different ways that Brexit will affect the healthcare sector, and how care providers can prepare for this, are set out below.

Impact of Brexit on medicines

As of 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer an EU country. Until 31 December 2020 a transition period is in place. During this period, no changes are expected with regard to the trade in or availability of medicines as all EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK. After 31 December 2020 the UK will have to satisfy third-country requirements, including for medicines. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Visit this page regularly so that you can prepare.

Impact of Brexit on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020 will have an impact on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. Find out how care providers and businesses can prepare (Dutch).

Impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the import of human tissue

A transition period began on 1 February 2020. During this period, current EU regulations on importing human tissue will continue to apply to the UK. This means nothing will change until after 31 December 2020. But be prepared for different rules to apply to the UK after the transition period. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Visit this page regularly so that you can prepare.

Impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on joint EU-UK medical research

Read more about the effects of Brexit on clinical research (Dutch).

Impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on BIG-registered healthcare professionals

Read more about how a ‘no deal’ Brexit will affect care professionals registered in the Dutch Health Professionals (BIG) Register and their employers.

Impact on British staff working at Dutch healthcare institutions

Find out what impact Brexit will have on British employees in the Netherlands and Dutch employees in the UK during and after the transition period. Read more about the situation after Brexit if you provide services or products to organisations in the UK.

GDPR and privacy: personal data processing in the UK after Brexit

As of 31 January 2020 is no longer an EU country. Until 31 December 2020 a transition period is in place. During this period, all EU agreements and rules will still apply to the UK. The Dutch GDPR helpdesk provides information on personal data processing in the UK after Brexit.

Brexit Healthcare Information Desk: for all your questions about Brexit and healthcare

If you have any more questions about how Brexit will affect the healthcare sector, contact the Brexit Healthcare Information Desk (BZIP) at brexitzorg@minvws.nl.

The Brexit Healthcare Information Desk (BZIP) is there to answer questions from members of the public, care providers and businesses in the medical sector.