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)

The UK withdrew from the European Union on 31 January 2020 on the basis of a Withdrawal Agreement. This Agreement includes a transition period which will run until 11pm on the 31st December 2020.

During this transition period, there will be no new restrictions on the movement of ODS or F-Gases between Ireland and the UK (including Northern Ireland). UK certified technician F-Gas handling certificates and company F-Gas certificates will continue to be recognised in the European Union (including Ireland) until the end of the transition period. EU certified technicians and companies will likewise continue to be recognised in the UK.

After the transition period, ODS and F-Gas certificates and training attestations awarded by a certification body in the UK will no longer be recognized within the remaining EU Member States.

If you are affected by these changes and want to remain certified to operate in Ireland after the end of the transition period, you can take action as follows:

  • Individuals holding UK 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, such as City & Guilds, prior to the end of the UK withdrawal transition period, 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. This application process is set out below.

  • Companies holding UK certification:

Companies, which are certified by a UK Certification bodies such as Refcom and Quidos, who wish to continue to operate within the EU-27 after 11pm on 31st December 2020 should attain certification from an EU-27 certification body. The designated company certification body in Ireland is F-Gas Registration Ltd. and company certificate applications can be submitted at http://www.fgasregistration.ie

If you do not make a valid application before the end of the transition period or if you are issued your UK certificate after the end of the transition period, 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.

You are reminded that under Regulation 13(1)(a) of the European Union (Fluorinated Greenhouse 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information on Recertification.

How UK certified individuals can apply online for a new Irish training certificate/attestation from the Environmental Protection Agency

1. Submit an online application in advance of the end of the UK withdrawal transition period.
2. Select the correct application link below that matches your current UK certificate. There are five links, one for each of the following types of training certificate/attestation:

  • RACHPT&T = Stationary Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Equipment, & Refrigeration Units of Refrigerated Trucks and Trailers.
  • Fire Protection = Stationary Fire Protection Systems & Fire Extinguishers.
  • MAC = Training attestation for Mobile Air Conditioning (Motor vehicles with no more than 8 seats in addition to the driver seat & Mini buses/vans up to 3,5 tonnes max weight).
  • Electrical Switchgear = Electrical Switchgear.
  • Recovery of Solvents = Recovery of Solvents from equipment (UK Certification Body: Fraser Cleaning Technologies Ltd - Training Completion Certificate).


3. The chosen link will bring you to an online application which you must complete.
4. You will be required to upload a copy of your UK certification/attestation in PDF format as part of your application. If you have mislaid your UK certificate, please contact your course provider or the UK certifying body as a matter of urgency as you will not be able to apply for a replacement Irish certificate without submitting your UK certificate. 
5. You must make a declaration as to the authenticity of the information you are about to submit.
6. At the end of the on-line application form you will find your EPA application acknowledgement receipt, you will need to print this for your compliance record.
7. The EPA will assess your application

  • If your application is valid, you will be emailed a new EPA training certificate/attestation with equivalent qualifications to your current UK one
  • Incomplete applications or applications containing false or misleading information will be invalid.

8. The EPA will maintain a register of issued training certificate/attestations.
9. The EPA reserves the right to suspend or withdraw certificates at any point in the future including where false or misleading information is found to have been provided in any way under this process.

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

RACHPT&T Link Fire Protection Link MAC Link
ODS FGas ODS FGas ODS FGas

 

Electrical Switchgear Link Recovery of Solvents Link
ODS FGas ODS FGas

 

Additional Information

Additional information on the BREXIT implications for ODS and F-Gas contractors can be found at https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/environment/topics/air-quality/fluorinated-greenhouse-gas/Pages/default.aspx

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