Critical Projects Bulletin – 30 October 2019

Critical project bulletins

30 October 2019

EU Exit Extension

The UK and the EU have agreed an extension of the Article 50 period to 31 January 2020. This means that the UK will not leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

As a result, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Supply Chain are now making the necessary changes to our no deal plans.

The Government and EU Council have agreed a Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both the UK and European Parliaments, the UK will leave with a deal. If ratification has not happened by 31 January 2020, the legal default is that the UK will leave the EU without a deal.

Current contingency plans will be maintained while DHSC and NHS Supply Chain review the plans in relation to the latest EU Exit extension date. We will update plans as required to prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

We ask our customers to continue with your business as normal. Your support as customers is critical to the effectiveness of the EU Exit plan. To maintain current contingency plans, we ask that you:

  • Follow your normal channels for ordering products
  • Keep us informed of any volume switching
  • Work with our Account Managers and Customer Service Advisors to collect or update the EU Exit contacts and Demand Management contacts.

Critical Projects Communications

Due to the extension of the EU Exit deadline our Critical Projects communications will be paused. This means that:

  • This will be the last Critical Projects Weekly Bulletin for the foreseeable future.
  • The Daily EU Exit webinar series due to start on 31 October has been cancelled.

The bulletin series and associated webinars will be reinstated as required to prepare the UK for leaving the EU.

Action required

EU Exit Contact

We still have customers who are yet to submit an EU Exit contact.

The nominated individuals will be contacted for any critical operations communications: arrange emergency deliveries, notification of alternative product dispatch, urgent supply issue etc.

If you have not done so already, please can your submit your nominated trust EU Exit contact(s) via this online form.