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EU Cyber Security Certification (EU Exit) Call for Views

Government response to a call for views on the proposed approach to cyber security certification following the UK’s departure from the EU.



Thank you for responding to the Call for Views on the proposed approach to cyber security certification following the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Government received seventeen responses. The feedback we received was predominantly centred around the following themes:

  • General support for the UK Government’s approach on EU Cyber Security Certification.
  • Support for the proposed principles and actions as presented in the Call for Views, including our approach on mutual recognition.
  • Encouraging UK commitment to continued enhancement of cyber security across Europe and ensuring the highest standards of cyber security.
  • Alignment of future schemes to limit risk of regulatory divergence, preventing unnecessary market fragmentation and fostering innovation and competition.
  • Reducing costs for consumers, ensuring no risks to industry and a role for industry in the creation of certification schemes.

These views were generally in line with the feedback we received from industry through other means of engagement and have helped to further inform the Government’s position.


The EU Cyber Security Act entered into force on 27th June 2019. The Cyber Security Act establishes a cyber security certification framework under which EU-wide cyber security certification schemes will be developed and implemented in future.

The UK is committed to maintaining a close relationship with the EU on cyber security following our departure from the EU, and will seek to cooperate on approaches to cyber security certification with the EU. The UK will therefore seek to enter into negotiations with the EU on mutual recognition arrangements, where it seems reasonable to do so and subject to agreement with the EU.

The Government was seeking views on this approach. Further details can be found in the Call for Views document.

The call for views ran from 11 September 2019 to 15 October 2019.

Published 11 September 2019
Last updated 18 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added details of the Government response, including a summary of responses to the Call for Views.

  2. The deadline for responses has been extended by one week, from Tuesday 8th October to Tuesday 15th October.

  3. First published.