Latest industry figures show that over a quarter of in-scope engineers have already gained F-gas qualifications.

Although it is currently estimated that around 25,000 engineers need to obtain the new F-gas personnel qualification the increase in the number of people registering for the City and Guilds course has been remarkable, with a 137% increase from 2009.

While there is clearly much to be positive about, there is still a good deal to be done by the industry to achieve full compliance, and Refcom has a significant role to play in helping Defra and F-Gas Support leading up to July 2011.

There is plenty of information available to businesses explaining the regulatory requirements, so no engineer or company should be unaware of what they need to do before July next year – there is even an active countdown on the Refcom website. Similarly, for those already certified, up to date information on industry issues is readily available.

From a business perspective, obtaining the full F-gas certification sooner rather than later makes sense. Prospective clients are looking for this certification, especially with large contracts.

Everyone affected by the F-Gas Regulations has a responsibility to fulfil their legal obligations. If all businesses commit to these regulations, and to best practice, then we can continue this positive drive towards full industry compliance in time for the July 2011 deadline.