At a recent meeting between F-Gas Support, Defra and Refcom, reports showed that over 70% of businesses hold F-Gas company certification and a quarter of engineers have obtained the new F-Gas qualification.

So far 4,438 companies hold F-Gas registration, while 6,723 engineers have full certification. Refcom’s Steve Crocker said: “There have been many conflicting messages regarding the uptake of the F-Gas qualification, but these figures show that overall, the picture is extremely positive. The industry has demonstrated its commitment to compliance and Refcom will continue to work closely with Defra and F-Gas Support leading up to next year’s July deadline.”

In addition, the new advisory committee set up by Refcom, comprising of leading industry trade bodies, national end-users, wholesalers and contractors, will supervise both the voluntary Refcom Elite and mandatory F-Gas Certification schemes, and will offer advice on aspects of scheme management and audit matters, ratification of certificates issued and keep accreditation requirements under review.
Jo Gradwell, F-Gas Support project manager, commented: “Defra and F-Gas Support recently met with the certification bodies to discuss the best ways of ensuring the industry is compliant – we need to continue to work together to this end. Much still needs to be done before next July when the requirement for full personnel and company certification kicks in.”

Mr Crocker added: “The final deadline for full compliance is fast approaching and those who are affected by F-Gas regulations need to adhere to their legal obligations as well as committing to best practice in refrigerant handling.”