FGas Register Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.