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IRI October 22, 2020 0 Comments

Brexit and F-gases:

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has profound implications for the Refrigeration sector in Ireland. Once the Transition Period ends on Dec 31 2020, certificates issued by UK based bodies will no longer be mutually recognised in Ireland or in any other EU Member State. If you are in receipt of a qualification issued by a UK certification body such as Quidos, City and Guilds, Logic, etc. you will be unable to operate legally in Ireland from Jan 1 2021 onwards – this includes servicing, maintenance, etc.

Recertification process:

For operators in receipt of such qualifications, the EPA are currently running a recertification programme. The process is very quick and straightforward and simply involves completing a short form and uploading a valid UK certificate or training attestation (click here). Operators will then be issued with an EU-valid certificate. This process does not involve re-training, there is no fee and you retain your existing UK certificate in addition to receiving a new EU certificate. The attached presentation shows the process in greater detail.

The application for recertification must be made prior to 11pm on 31 December 2020 – however we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid any potential disruption. Operators who fail to complete the process in time will need to obtain a new qualification in 2021 which will involve retraining.

Other Brexit implications:

As well as the recertification requirement, there are several other issues that impact the refrigeration sector. For more details please see the attached “DECC note on Brexit Readiness re F-gases”.

2 DECC note on Brexit Readiness re F-gases 1 Recertification process

1 Recertification process

Kind Regards

F-Gas Team