An agreement has been reached with the EU to ensure continued mutual recognition of professional certification for F-Gas regulation during the Brexit transition period and possibly beyond
The EU and UK will mutually recognise professional certification concerning F-Gas compliance for the remainder of 2020 at least, Refcom has confirmed.
Refcom said an agreement had been reached to ensure certified competence schemes such as its own F-Gas registration service would be recognised both in the UK and EU member states even after the Brexit withdrawal agreement takes effect on January 31.
The UK will cease to be an EU member state from 1 February with the country entering an 11-month transition period. During this time the country will follow a large number of existing rules EU and have no say on future regulatory change.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed the government to ensure a complex trade agreement, one potentially setting out future trade, tariffs and customs policy, is in place during this extension period. This would then eliminate any need to delay transition to a new trading and regulatory relationship with the EU.
Refcom has said that businesses in the cooling sector will not need to obtain separate F-Gas accreditation for working in the UK and EU member states such as Ireland as part of a new agreement.
Greame Fox, head of Refcom, said that it was now vital to ensure the cooling industry was aware that they presently only needed to register once with a recognised compliance body either in the UK or EU.
He added, “While Brexit heralds the start of a period of uncertainty for businesses, our industry is in the fortunate position of now knowing exactly where we stand on professional certification.”
“This is great news for Refcom members from the UK, who occasionally work in the Republic of Ireland or mainland Europe, and for members based in the EU zone who were concerned that their Refcom registration would no longer be recognised outside the UK after 31 January.”
Mr Fox added that work was also underway to ensure ongoing recognition of its registration service could continually indefinitely beyond the transition period to ensure compliance across the region.
“This means that our members do not have to fear losing out on their free service management software, reduced liability insurance premiums, and exclusive access to our technical help and published guidance.”