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Dutch to clamp down on uncertified F-gas work

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch authorities have repeated threats to clamp down on companies and individuals installing and maintaining equipment without the required F-gas certification. 

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), the Dutch body responsible for enforcement of the F-gas regulations, says it will enforce stricter rules, imposing fines of €3,000 for companies and £1,500 for individuals who install or maintain equipment filled with refrigerants without valid certification. 

In what appears to be an annual operation, the ILT says it will make visits to refrigeration installation and maintenance companies on the basis of reports received, advertisement texts on the internet and other sources. 

In May last year, the ILT checked whether suppliers of split air conditioners held the necessary company certificate and whether they held the necessary documentation to ensure that units were installed by a certified company.

As a result of the inspections, a number of sales outlets are said to have stopped selling split air conditioners or now only offer them including installation. 

Checks carried out from July to September 2020 showed that 91% of the 45 points of sale surveyed had not checked in advance whether the air conditioning would be installed by a recognised installer. The violators on this occasion received a warning letter from the ILT.

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