Previous f-gas regulations demanded that competent and/or certified people or businesses used f-gases.
The newly revised f-gas regulations will put an increased responsibility on refrigerant distributors to ensure that f-gases required for specific applications are sold only to people or businesses that hold the relevant certification or who have attended accredited training programs.
The previous f-gas regulations provided a requirement for training programs to be set up in member states. The updated regulations have widened the scope of the training to include new sectors and/or training requirements.
The exact details on how this requirement will be managed are still to be determined and will vary slightly by country. In many countries this will lead to a change in business processes. In some cases this may lead to a requirement to request information on f-gas certification prior to supply.
Refrigerant distributors, such as Linde, will need to work closely with customers to minimise any disruption.
It is critically important to ensure that your business has the correct knowledge, training and certification required under these regulations, so that you are entitled to purchase f-gases as well as carry out the servicing and maintenance of the systems that utilise these gases.