BREXIT implications for ODS and F-Gas contractors
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. on 31st December 2020.
In order to address this Brexit implication, a programme was established under Irish legislation to provide holders of UK certified F-gas certificates and attestations with a new Irish certificate/attestation from the Environmental Protection Agency, which is recognised in Ireland and other EU Member States.
In accordance with the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2020 (No. 23 of 2020), this programme closed on 11pm on the 30th April 2021.
If you applied to the EPA 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 note that the EPA can no longer accept applications for personnel F-Gas certificate or attestations.
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.
Further information on the EPA’s certification process, and the implications of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol for F-Gas Technicians can be found here: Frequently Asked Questions
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/
Queries in relation to F-Gas company certifications issued by UK designated certification bodies, such as Refcom, Quidos and Bureau Veritas UK Ltd, can be directed to F-Gas Registration Ltd, the designated company certification body in Ireland.