As of 1 January 2021 the United Kingdom (UK) will no longer participate in the mutual recognition of Official Control Authority Batch Release (OCABR) and Official Batch Protocol Review (OBPR) between the EU/EEA and the UK. The UK cannot issue EU/EEA OCABR/OBPR certificates and batch release certificates from the UK issued as of 1 January 2021 are no longer recognised in the EU/EEA.
However, in line with the Q&A of the EU Commission from 13 March 2020, it remains possible for individual Member States to use EU/EEA OCABR/OBPR certificates issued by the UK by 31 December 2020 as part of their release process for batches placed on their market after 31 December 2021 without requiring additional OCABR/OBPR testing for those batches.
The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut shares the view of the EU Commission and EDQM. It considers even after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 the EU certificates issued by the British authorities National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) before 31 December 2020 in its own national batch releases to an unlimited extent. This approach is in line with many other EU/EEA Member States.