BREXIT implications for ODS and F-Gas contractors

Applications for EPA F-Gas certificates and attestations can no longer be accepted as of 11 p.m. on 30th April 2021.

The Environmental Protection Agency, from 11 p.m. on 30th April 2021, no longer has authority under the European Union (Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas) Regulations 2016 and 2019 and the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2020 (No. 23 of 2020) to accept applications for personnel F-Gas handling certificates and attestations.

If you have applied for a personnel F-Gas handling certificate or attestation before 11 p.m. on 30th April 2021, your application will be processed as soon as possible and no later than 30th June 2021.

Please do not attempt to make an application for a EPA F-Gas handling certificate or attestation after 11 p.m. on 30th April 2021.

As a result of Brexit, F-gas training certificates and attestations issued by UK designated certification bodies, such as City and Guilds, are no longer recognised in EU Member States since 11 p.m. on31st December 2020.

In order to address this Brexit implication, a programme was established under Irish legislation which provides for holders of UK certified F-gas certificates and attestations, to obtain a new Irish certificate/attestation from the Environmental Protection Agency. These Irish F-Gas certifications/attestations will be recognised in Ireland and other EU Member States.

This programme has now been extended. This extension allows for:

  • continued recognition of UK personal training certificates/attestations in Ireland until 11 p.m. on 30th June 2021, provided the UK certificates/attestations were issued prior to 11 p.m. on 31st December 2020. 
  • the opportunity to apply to the EPA for an Irish personal training certificate or attestation in respect of the same activity awarded by a UK certification body provided that 
  • the UK certificate/attestation was issued before 11 p.m. on 31st December 2020; and, 
  • applications to the EPA are submitted before 11 p.m. on 30th April 2021. The application process is described below (applications now closed). There is no cost and it does not involve re-training.  

Please be aware that if a person only holds a UK certified F-Gas training certificate or attestation after 30th June 2021, it will be an offence for this person to engage in an act in Ireland which requires certification or attestation under the F-Gas Regulations. To continue to carry out such work within the EU, a new certification from a certification body within the EU-27, such as the Irish certification body QQI, will be required. This may involve undertaking further training and the payment of associated fees.

 

Note on F-Gas Company Certification

As a result of this Brexit process, F-Gas company certifications issued by UK designated certification bodies such as Refcom, Quidos and Bureau Veritas UK Ltd are no longer recognised in EU Member States since 11 p.m. on 31st December 2020. Thus, companies may no longer operate under such certificates in the European Union (including Ireland). In other words, only F-Gas company certification issued by a certification body in an EU Member State can be recognized in the European Union. Please note that the designated company certification body in Ireland is F-Gas Registration Ltd. and company certificate applications can be submitted to it athttp://www.fgasregistration.ie.

Additional Information

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information. 

Additional information on the BREXIT implications for ODS and F-Gas can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/7b14b-brexit-readiness-notice-on-fluorinated-greenhouse-gases/

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