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IRI January 10, 2019 0 Comments

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. As from the withdrawal date 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET), if no later date is agreed in accordance with the Treaty, the United Kingdom will be a ‘third country’.

Subject to the ratification of a Withdrawal Agreement that provides for a transition period, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules on fluorinated gases, and in particular, Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 will no longer apply to the United Kingdom.

A NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS on the WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES ON FLUORINATED GREENHOUSE GASES was published by the EU Commission on 19th December 2019. This sets forth the consequences of Brexit which need to be considered by economic operators. This notice can be viewed at https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/fluorinated-gases_en.pdf .

This notice, amongst other things, states that as of the withdrawal date, certificates and training attestations issued in the United Kingdom will no longer be recognised for activities carried out in the EU-27 (which includes the Republic of Ireland) from 30th March 2019.

This will create issues for
• personnel who hold training certificates or attestations issued by UK bodies such as City & Guilds; and,
• companies and undertakings registered in the UK with certification bodies such as Refcom and Quidos.

The Irish authorities are working on solutions to these Brexit consequences, including working to ensure that all persons holding UK F-Gas certification obtained prior to 29th March 2019 will remain certified in Ireland and the EU post-Brexit. Updates will be posted in due course. The UK authorities have informed EU authorities that, post-Brexit, they will automatically recognise EU27 certificates.