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Distributors refusing non F-Gas registered business

RAC equipment distributors are refusing business from installers who are not F-Gas registered, according to certification company Refcom.

Darrel Birkett, managing director, at Sunderland-based Cool Designs Ltd (CDL), a UK distributor for Toshiba, Carrier and Technibel, says: “We believe that manufacturers, wholesalers and agents have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that only those who are registered with Refcom [or other certification bodies] are allowed to handle, install or repair their equipment.

“As a matter of policy, we will not sell to any business that can’t provide evidence of being F-Gas registered, and I believe this should be a requirement by law. Our policy is not negatively affecting our sales – if anything, it’s marked us out as being committed to high professional standards.”

Refcom Secretary Steve Crocker commented: “Supplying only to F-Gas registered companies and contractors is a great demonstration of professionalism and environmental responsibility. It wouldn’t surprise me if air conditioning manufacturers were looking at this policy, too.

“Our industry has often been ahead of the legislators in recognising the need to do our bit to fight climate change – that’s currently being demonstrated by the success of the Refcom Elite voluntary scheme, which requires higher standards than those stipulated by the F-Gas regulations and demonstrates a commitment to best practice in refrigerant handling.”

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