REFCOM is warning that most registered businesses in the industry will need to renew their F-Gas certification this year.
It is now eight years since the F-Gas Regulations came into effect in the UK, with most companies who are registered and compliant to work in the sector having full certification by 2011. The certificates have a three-year validity period, with the first renewals taking place in 2014, meaning that the majority of businesses will need to renew again in 2017.
It warns that without a valid F-Gas certificate:
- Supplies of gas and equipment could be stopped by wholesalers
- Registration with clients as an approved installer or service provider could be affected,
- It could even result in prosecution by the authorities if they carry out an inspection of one a client and find the company was not complying with the law at the time of work being carried out.
Graeme Fox of REFCOM said: "We would recommend that the renewals process is carried out as soon as possible, and you will be sent regular reminders via email containing an easy access link to our renewals system. If you haven’t received yours, it might be worth checking your email spam folder. If you have any questions, you can ring the REFCOM team on 01768 860409 or email email@example.com.
"Renewing ahead of the expiry date doesn’t lose you time either – the new certificate will commence from the date the old one expires – so there’s no need for waiting until the last minute.
"REFCOM has invested heavily in revamping the website functionality so that renewals and auditing can be done quickly and easily, and we ask all our member companies to keep their company information up to date to make the renewal process as smooth as possible.''
REFCOM was founded in 1994 and appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2009 to operate as a certification body, rapidly becoming established as the industry-leading F-Gas certification scheme run by industry, for industry. REFCOM continues to support its registered members and industry through regular technical guidance and updates as well as dialogue and interaction with other industry sector bodies, and is backed up by years of hands-on industry experience.