FGAS Company Certification Scheme

Don't be left out in the cold!

Bureau Veritas has been appointed by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) as a Certification Body for Companies Certification to the new FGAS Scheme.

The FGAS Regulations of 2009 state that affected companies are to obtain a company certificate in order to demonstrate it's staffs competency in the use of FGAS'S.


The DEFRA deadline was July 4th 2009, if you have not yet applied for at least an interim certificate you are in breach of EU regulations and may be proscecuted.

Why has this regulation been put in place in the UK?


European Regulation 303/2008 has been passed to ensure the competency and responsibility of all individuals that are working with flourinated gases. The main objectives are:

- To comply with European Regulation (EC) 842-2006 of the European Parliament
- Reduce the release of damaging gases into the atmosphere


Will this apply to your organisation?

Your organisation will need company certification if you work in installation servicing and maintenance (see EC/303/2008 Article 2(2).

The competency of your staff that work with FGAS'S is key to the scheme, as it is they who handle these fluids. Your company has a statutory obligation to train its employees and obtain a company certificate to prove their competence.

Which staff will need to demonstrate competency?

Your personnel will need to hold appropriate qualifications / personnel certification if they undertake any of the following:

- Leak checking
- Recovery
- lnstallation
- Servicing and maintenance


What staffing competence will you need to demonstrate in order for your company to be certified?


You will need to answer two main requirements:

- Personnel Certification obligation: Personnel working with stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment that contains or is designed to contain F gas needs to hold appropriate qualifications. In particular this applies to:

- Maintenance or servicing
- Installation
- Refrigeration recovery
- Leakage checking

The requirement to hold a suitable externally awarded qualification for personnel working on RAC systems containing 3kg or more applies both to in-house staff and the personnel employed by external refrigeration and air-conditioning contractors. The EC F Gas Regulation has required new qualifications that meet the minimum requirements to be introduced in Great Britain.

- Appropriate Tooling obligation: Personnel will need to justify that they are using the correct, calibrated tools for all operations he or she realises on all the equipment that they work on.


Definition of Interim and Full Company Certification

- Interim Company Certification: A list of employed engineers certificated as competent to handle refrigerants in sufficient numbers to cover the expected volume of activities to either City & Guilds 2078 qualification level or Construction Industry Training Board Safe Handling of Refrigerants (J01) qualification level, or evidence of an equivalent in-house qualification issued prior to 4 July 2009 (including interim personnel certification issued by the Domestic Appliance Services Association or Whitegoods Trade Association).”

- Full Company Certification: A list of employed engineers holding an appropriate “Stationary Equipment Qualification'' in handling F-gases in sufficient number to cover the expected volume of activities; and evidence of and implementation of appropriate recovery systems and refrigerant handling procedures.''

A Stationary Equipment Qualification is a C&G 2079 qualification or a CITB J11, J12, J13 or J14 qualification.


What should I do next?





Submit an application form to us along with all the relevant supporting documentation and payment details. Bureau Veritas will then conduct a desktop review of the information and then supply you with a DEFRA recognised certificate of compliance to either interim or full company certification as per your requirement.  Interim certificates will be valid until July 4th 2011, Full certification will be valid for three years from the date of issue.  After the deadline of July 4th 2011 full company certifiction is mandatory.


Costs for Certification (inclusive of VAT at 15%)




Number of Engineeers


Interim Certification 

(Valid to July 2011)


Full Certification 

(Valid for 3 years) 

Micro (1 certified engineer)



Small (2-9 certified engineers)



Medium (10-49 certified engineers)



Large (50 or more certified engineers)





We have made the regulatory information available to you below. You will find a link to the DEFRA website, UK and EU regulations and an easy to complete application form to apply for a company certificate.





Application Form


FGAS Flyer

DEFRA Website


Tel: 0844 844 0046

CITB Website

Click here to find details of their J11- 14 course

City & Guilds

Tel: 020 7294 2800

City & Guilds Website

(who have a course finder facility where you enter your postcode to find courses available near to your location)

UK Regulations

EU Regulations



Why use Bureau Veritas?

DEFRA approved

Worlds largest certification body

Extensive experience in conformity assessment

Globally recognised


For further information, contact the FGASES team on + 44 020 7661 0748 or email us at fgas.mail@uk.bureauveritas.com.





The DEFRA deadline was July 4th 2009, you are now required to hold at the very least an interim certificate.  Full company certification is required after July 4th 2011.








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