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F-Gas company certification opens as Refcom gets Defra nod at last

Refcom has been formally named by Defra as a company certification body under the F-Gas regulation, less than one month before the deadline for all RAC companies to sign up to the scheme.

From 4 July, it is a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat-pump equipment that contains (or is designed to contain) F-Gas refrigerants to hold a company certificate issued by an appointed body.

It will be an offence to carry out these activities without a company certificate.

Relevant businesses and sole traders must either have an interim or a full company certificate in place by July 4 2009. Interim certificates are valid until July 2011. Full certificates are valid for three years from the date of issue.

Interim certification for the period to July 2011 will cost just £70 for sole traders; £90
for businesses with two to nine refrigeration engineers; £150 for businesses with 10
to 49 engineers; and £350 for businesses employing 50 or more engineers.

The three-yearly, full certification fee for the above categories will be £140, £180,
£365 and £800.

Refcom’s Chief Executive, Bruce Kirton, said: “Now that Refcom has been
appointed, we will work hard to process applications as quickly as possible.

'With the July 4 deadline being so close, businesses who haven’t yet contacted Refcom should visit our new website now.'

 TO REGISTER VISIT WWW.REFCOM.ORG.UK NOW

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in discussion with two other organisations to run mandatory company registration schemes alongside Refcom.