BREXIT implications for ODS and F-Gas contractors

This is an important notice for individuals and companies certified by UK bodies to operate with Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-Gas)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, ODS and F-Gas certificates and training attestations awarded by a certification body in the UK will no longer be recognised within the remaining EU member states. The default date for the UK’s exit from the EU is now 31 October 2019.

If you are affected by these changes and want to remain certified after a no deal Brexit, you must take action as set out in this notice. If you do not make a valid application within the required timeframe (i.e. in advance of 11.00pm on 31 October 2019) or if you are issued your UK certificate after a no deal withdrawal, then you will be unable to avail of the process outlined in this notice. You will then need to be certified by a certification body within the EU-27 such as the Irish certification body F-Gas Registration Ltd (companies) or QQI (individuals). In the case of individuals this may require undertaking further training.

Individuals holding training attestation/certification

Under regulations 12B and 12J of the European Union (Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas) Regulations 2016 as amended, if you hold a certificate or training attestation which was issued by a certification body in the United Kingdom in advance of UK withdrawal, you may apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for a training certificate or attestation in respect of the same activity. This process does not involve re-training and there is no fee for it.

UK certified individuals can apply online for a new Irish certificate from the Environmental Protection Agency before 11pm on 31st October 2019:

  • Individuals who hold training certificates or attestations awarded by a certification body in the United Kingdom, such as City & Guilds: Click on the appropriate link below to start your application. 
RACHPT&T Link Fire Protection Link MAC Link
ODS FGas ODS FGas ODS FGas

 

Electrical Switchgear Link Recovery of F-Gas Solvents Link
ODS FGas ODS FGas

 

Note: You will be required to upload a copy of your UK certification/attestation in PDF format as part of your application.

Note: At the end of the on-line application form you will find your EPA application acknowledgement receipt, you will need to print this down for your compliance record.

  

If you have any queries during the application process, please send them to RecertificationFGas@epa.ie

You are reminded that under Regulation 13(1)(a) of European Union (Fluorinated Greenhous Gas) Regulations 2016, S.I. No. 658 of 2016, it is an offence for a person, operator or undertaking, that does not hold the required F-Gas certification to engage in an act without the required certification or attestation.

Companies holding training attestation/certification

Certification as a company will be processed by F-Gas Registration Limited. Companies and Undertakings registered in the UK with company certification bodies such as Refcom and Quidos should contact F-Gas Registration directly. Further information is available at: http://www.fgasregistration.ie/exchange-certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.

 

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