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If you perform work on cooling installations, high voltage switches or fire protection systems in the Netherlands or you own one of these installations, you must observe the F-Gas & Ozone Regulations. These regulations set requirements on the maintenance and routine inspection of these installations. Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) or ozone depleting substances could be released in the event of leaks.
Activities by a certified company
In the Netherlands, only certified maintenance or installation companies may perform work on cooling installations, high voltage switches or fire extinguishing systems. Cooling installations include cooling display counters, freezing installations, heat pumps and air-conditioning systems. As a maintenance or installation company, you can apply for a company certificate from one of the appointed inspection authorities (in Dutch).
To obtain a company certificate, your company and its personnel will have to comply with the following conditions:
- You must have work instructions;
- You must have proper equipment;
- You must maintain a logbook;
- Your personnel must have the appropriate certificates.
To work with cooling installations in the Netherlands you will need an F-gases certificate. In the European Union there is mutual recognition of certificates for F-gases. This is established in the European F-gases Regulation. This means that your company or personal F-gases certificate from any EU country is valid in the Netherlands and vice versa.
If you have a heating system of 100 kW or more, or an air-conditioning system with a cooling capacity of 12 kW in total or more in buildings (or homes), mandatory inspections apply (in Dutch). The experts must be qualified or certified.
If you are the installer or consultant in the non-residential construction or residential construction containing a collective heating system, you can do the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's Installation Performance Scan (IPS, in Dutch). The scan helps to improve climate control systems by suggesting energy-savings measures and ways to reduce malfunctions.
Rijkswaterstaat Environment keeps a certificate register (in Dutch) of all individuals with an F-gas certificate. This register is not available to the public. If you want to verify whether a person has the proper certification, contact Rijkswaterstaat.
Company certificates register
The appointed inspection authorities keep a register of the company certificates they have issued. There is no central register. If you want to verify whether an installation or maintenance company is properly certified, you can contact the inspection authority which issued the certificate.
Collection and processing of CFCs
The use of CFCs as a coolant is not allowed. Specific rules are applicable for collecting and processing CFCs and halons. Refilling hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) is forbidden. This means refrigerants like R22 are not permitted for use in cooling and climate control systems or heat pumps.