AREA and EPEE have issued a joint position calling for improvements of Article 5 of the F-Gas Regulation on training and certification. Starting from the experience with the Regulation’s implementation and application, the position makes several proposals:


  • Penalise non-certified contractors interfering with the refrigerant circuit, as currently done in France or the Netherlands
  • Stipulate mandatory registration of certified companies and personnel
  • Extend responsibility to check certification status to subcontractors
  • Clearly stipulate that distributors/wholesalers are only allowed to sell fluorinated greenhouse gases to certified contractors entitled to break into a refrigerant circuit
  • Make it clear that fluorinated gases can only be sold to certified companies if those interfere with the refrigerant circuit (without limitation on the type of service they provide)