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Maintenance and inspection of cooling installations, high voltage switches and fire protection systems

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

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 gasesExternal link (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.

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.

Mandatory inspection

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 applyExternal link (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 ScanExternal link (IPS, in Dutch). The scan helps to improve climate control systems by suggesting energy-savings measures and ways to reduce malfunctions.

Certificate register

Rijkswaterstaat Environment keeps a certificate registerExternal link (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.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO