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The IOR is a central meeting point for people from all over the world to promote, improve and learn more about refrigeration and air conditioning.

Membership benefits include:

  • Free access to quality, practical information and updates through a range of Technical Guidance Notes.
  • Independent updates on legislation, standards and Government consultations.
  • Certified Continuing Professional Development opportunities.
  • Advance notice and reduced-rates for IOR seminars and events.
  • Newsletters and technical papers in regular mailings
  • Networking meetings with others who have the same business and professional interests at local branch meetings, annual dinners, conferences and free evening seminars.
  • Use of MInstR or AMInstR after your name to demonstrate that you are a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning professional

See How to Join for details of how you can start receiving these benefits.


The Institute of Refrigeration was founded in 1899 as the Cold Storage and Ice Association and was the first national society of mechanical refrigeration in the world. In 1944 qualified membership was introduced in order to raise the status of the association and of those engaged in the science and practice of refrigeration, and the present name of the Institute of Refrigeration was adopted.


  • To be the forum for all those involved professionally in Refrigeration Science and Engineering
  • To promote the technical advancement of refrigeration in all its applications, in relation both to the perfection of its methods and the minimisation of its effects on the environment.
  • To encourage the extension of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump services for the benefit of the community.
  • To promote means of communication for exchange of expertise and interchange of views, and to communicate knowledge of refrigeration and its communal benefits to the outside world.
  • To encourage invention and research in all matters relating to the science and practice of refrigeration.


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