fgasregister Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If the below does not answer your question, please click here to find more information on the F Gas Regulations, at DEFRA's F Gas Support web pages.

The full terms and conditions for the Quidos FgasRegister Scheme can be found here.

What are the F Gas regulations?

The main objective of the F Gas EC Regulations is to contain and thereby reduce emissions of F Gases as covered by the Kyoto Protocol, with the over ruling aim being to help combat climate change.

The obligations in the F Gas Regulation (EC Regulation 842/2006) and the Ozone Regulation (EC Regulation 2037/2000) affect many sectors. In some cases, the obligations lie with the owner / operator of the equipment. In others, the obligations lie with third parties, such as equipment suppliers, maintenance contractors and waste handling companies.

The full F Gas Regulations can be found here

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Will these regulations affect me and my business?

The F Gas Regulations apply to and affect all sizes and types of businesses, from sole traders and partnerships to larger, limited companies and public limited companies. If your business carries out the installation or servicing of refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat pump equipment that contains, or is designed to contain, F Gas refrigerants then by law you must obtain a company certificate.

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Why do I require a company certificate?

If your business does not have a company certificate by 4 July 2009 your company will be subject to Local Authority enforcement measures.The regulations place strict obligations on operators of SRAC equipment and if your business is not certificated you will be placing your customers at risk.

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What is the difference between interim and full company certification?

The F Gas Regulations and Quidos recognise that not all businesses will be able to meet the full company certification standards by 4 July 2009. This is most likely  to be because their employed engineers will only hold the old CITB J01 or City and Guilds 2078 qualifications. The interim certification period lasts until 4 July 2011 to allow businesses time for their employed engineers to gain one of the new qualifications: CITB J11 - J14 or City and Guilds 2079. Businesses can apply for a full certificate at any time provided its employed engineers hold one of the new qualifications mentioned above.

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How much will certification cost?

Quidos feels the cost of certification should be fair to all involved. We do not agree with the inflated costs of other certification schemes. Our certification fees are banded according to the number of employed  engineers working for the applying company.

Until 31st August 2011 we are offering 20% DISCOUNT on all Full Certifications, The cost of the certificate depends on the size of the company:

Size of business

Full Certification  
(valid for 3 years)

Micro (sole trader)


Small (2-9 engineers)


Medium (10-49 engineers)


Large (50+ engineers)


Please note all fees are subject to VAT.
Additional fees may apply in certain cases ( e.g. amendments to applications)

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How and when can I apply for an F Gas company certificate?

If your business is affected by the regulations you must obtain a company certificate now. You can apply and pay for a certificate online by clicking here. To save time and to ensure your online application is quick and hassle free you will need the following information and documents to hand:

- Business name, address and contact details
-  Company turnover
- The names of all employed engineers with details of their industry qualification(s)
 Credit card details – payment will be made online using the secure Sagepay system.

Please note, an authorised official of the business - e.g. business owner, director or company secretary - must declare that the information supplied is true and correct. If incorrect information is given this will void the application. Providing you have all the necessary information and documents to hand, the application process should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes.

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How often will my certificate need to be renewed?

Interim certificates will only remain valid until 4 July 2011. They must be replaced by a full certificate on or before that date.

Full certificates are valid for three years from the date of issue but must be renewed on or before expiry.

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