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EPA advises bodyshops to get their business assessed in good time

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is advising bodyshops to have their businesses assessed for compliance in advance of their current certificate expiring.

An EPA spokesman told “In relation to the issue of maintaining a current certificate of compliance, there is no problem with having your assessment carried out a couple of months in advance of your current certificate expiry date, and in fact the EPA would recommend that you do this to allow time to address any non-compliance issues which are noted by the assessor.”

The spokesman added: “Once the approved assessor has identified any non-compliances they will give you a defined period of time (up to a month) to fix the non-compliance and send them evidence that you have rectified the issue.”

“Having your assessment carried out well in advance of expiry will allow time for this process while still ensuring you hold a valid certificate.  If you fail to respond to the assessor then they will issue a non-compliant report, so we strongly advise that you respond promptly on any noted non-compliances to ensure they are closed out and you receive a satisfactory assessment report. Otherwise you may need to go to the expense of arranging a repeat assessment.”