Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Certificates for working with F-gas / Ozone Depleting Substances in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period

Certificates for working with F-gas / Ozone-Depleting Substances in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period

 

Till the end of the Brexit transition period, 31 December 2020, company and individual certificates issued in the UK for work with F-gas/ODS, are still valid in the European Union.

After the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020, certificates issued by a UK certification body for carrying out work with F-gases/ ODS, may no longer be valid for work in the Republic of Ireland and the other European Union Member States. 

NIEA: Information on certificates for work with F-gas/ODS in products / equipment in the European Union

 

Individual certificates – Apply now and by 31 December 2020 for a certificate

If you hold an individual certificate by a certification body in the United Kingdom, for work with F-gases and ODS, you can obtain, for free and without re-training, a certificate for the same activity, that will be valid for work in the European Union also after the end of the Brexit transition period. Apply to the Republic of Ireland’s Environment Protection Agency, by 31 December 2020:

Republic of Ireland Environmental Protection Agency: Mutual recognition scheme for individual certificates

If you do not make a valid application before 31 December 2020, in order to carry out work with F-gases and ODS in a European Union Member State you will most likely be required to be certified by a certification body from an European Union Member State, and this might demand training.

 

Company certificates

There is currently no exchange scheme for company certificates issued in the UK. To carry out work with F-gases/ ODS in the Republic of Ireland or other European Union Member State, if your business holds a company certificate issued in the UK, after the end of the Brexit transition period, 31 December 2020, this may no longer be valid, and you may need to apply for a company certificate from an European Union Member State.

 

Further information - after the end of the Brexit transition period

Guidance for Scotland, England and Wales
Defra and Environment Agency: Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances - how to do business from 1 January 2021

 

In this guideline

What are fluorinated gases?

Phase down of F-gases 2015 – 2030

What is the 2020 refrigeration F-gas ban?

Certificates for working with F-gases in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period

Calculating the equipment charge as CO2 equivalent

Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps: F-gas controls

Fire protection equipment

Mobile air conditioning (cars and vans): F-gas controls

Solvent cleaning: F-gas controls

Producing and supplying fluids: F-gas controls

Specialist uses of F-gases

How F-gas regulations are enforced

F-Gas Legislation

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