As of July 2011 all businesses must hold a Full Company Certificate.
From 4 July 2009 it became a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F-Gas refrigerants to obtain an F-Gas Company Certificate. The Environment Agency have now taken control of F Gas Regulation enforcement, they are pro-actively checking business compliance. Refcom works closely with the EA to ensure better compliance and more effective enforcement. The UK leads the world in refrigerant reclamation, according to a major report published in the US. The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has studied refrigerant management and recycling programmes worldwide and found that the UK had the highest reported rate of recovery at between 65 and 92% – ahead of other major economies including Australia, Canada, California, the EU, Japan, China and Brazil. As well as being a considerable environmental protection accolade for the UK refrigeration and air conditioning industry, this reflects very positively on the work of Refcom. Members of Refcom account for more than 80% of the total UK refrigerant handling market so the vast majority of UK data gathered for the AHRI report would have been as a result of the work of Refcom members. You can read the full AHRI report here.