Refcom, the F-Gas registration body, has today suspended 2384 active interim companies, with a total of 5844 engineers, after the arrival of the F-Gas deadline.
The association claims it currently has 2182 active companies with Full certification on its books, and this accounts for 9490 engineers - it’s estimated there are over 20,000 engineers who need to qualify.
Furthermore, Refcom has by far the highest number of F-Gas qualified companies registered of the three bodies - the other two are Quidos and Bureau Veritas.
Ray Gluckman, director at F-Gas Support, the Government funded team set up to provide guidance for manufacturers, operators, contractors and others that make, sell or handle F-Gases, said: “The important 4th July 2011 deadline has now arrived – this date has important consequences for all individuals and companies that carry out installation work and maintenance on refrigeration equipment using HFC refrigerants.
All RAC technicians now require a full F Gas handling qualification such as C&G 2079 or CS J11. All companies (including sole traders) that employ qualified staff need a full Company Certificate. Carrying out relevant work without a full qualification and a full Company Certificate is now a criminal offence.
Uptake of the new qualifications and full certificates has been good for the majority of contractors in the industry. Perhaps inevitably, there has been a last minute rush and training providers and certification bodies have been very busy over the last few weeks. Over the next few weeks it will become clear as to how many companies have successfully made the move to full certification.
July 4th is a date the F-Gas Support team have been working towards for a number of years. The deadline marks the start of a new phase of regulatory activity. Prior to the 4th July efforts have been focussed on making organisations aware that they needed to take action and to identify those without any certification.
Now F Gas Support will focus on identifying those that haven’t taken action, using the information from certification bodies to challenge those that had an interim Company Certificate as to why they don’t have a full Company Certificate. Any companies working without a full certificate can expect a visit from the Regulator.”