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Distributors should only serve registered installers

F-Gas certification body Refcom states that suppliers of air conditioning systems and spares should only do business with installers who are F-Gas registered.

It further explains that a number of distributors are sharing this view as the July deadline for full certification approaches.

Refcome cites the example of Sunderland-based Cool Designs, which states that it is refusing to sell systems or spares to anyone that is not F-Gas registered.

“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,” said Cool Design managing director Darrel Birkett.

“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.”

Steve Crocker, Refcom secretary, said: “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.”