The outcome of the EU referendum will not affect the HVACR industry. According to industry experts, regulations covering the use of fluorinated refrigerant gases (F-Gas) or the requirement for refrigerant handling registration will not change.
The original F-Gas regulation was formed in Brussels and was driven by the European Commission however it was transposed directly into UK law.
This means it is now part of the British legal system and would require Westminster to repeal one of its own laws for the industry’s F-Gas measures to be changed.
The EU regulation itself has no legal status.
AC companies and installers can rest easy for now as nothing is set to change for the foreseeable future.
There will be no change to the mandatory requirements for certification with industry registration schemes such as Refcom.
The certification and personnel competence requirements have all been set at UK level.
They are all different across the EU; even though we have the mutual recognition status between international schemes.
Since July 2009 it has been a legal requirement for all businesses that wish to install, maintain or service stationary equipment containing or designed to contain F-Gas refrigerants to obtain an F-Gas Company Certificate.
Logic4training run a City & Guilds F-Gas course (C&G 2079-11 Level 2 certificate) designed for those working within the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.
The government appointed certification body – Refcom, works with the Environmental Agency to ensure that regulations are properly enforced and refrigerant reclamation carried out.