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F-Gas Law Change Reminder

In January 2015, the law surrounding purchase of F-Gas for use in a MAC system altered.


Individuals must now provide proof, when purchasing F-Gas that the technician who will be using it holds a recovery qualification. It is now an offence to sell F-Gas for use by an unqualified technician.

If you are employed by a business which services MAC systems of cars and/or light vehicles, you must make certain that all technicians recovering F-Gas from a MAC system hold a suitable qualification in refrigerant recovery.

You may be required to provide details of your training certificate when setting up an account with a supplier, and sign a declaration that your qualifications are valid.
To ensure that MAC service centres have suitably qualified staff, the Environment Agency will be carrying out checks on businesses. Any individuals found not following the new law will face regulatory action, which may result in prosecution. 

IMI offers both qualifications and accreditations in Air Conditioning that fulfil the European Union F-Gas requirements.

For those already working in the industry, IMI Accreditation provides proof of current competence, in line with both industry standards and legislative requirements, offering recognition for your skills and knowledge. IMI Accreditation provides proof that you are able to work to F-Gas requirements.

To find out more about IMI Qualifications and Accreditations in Air Conditioning please see the Go To and ATA download section.

Wendy Hennessy

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