CEDA has confirmed that refrigeration engineers with be accepted onto its Register of Qualified Catering Equipment Engineers providing they can submit evidence of their certification.
The association is aiming to launch the online register in the coming weeks and hopes it will become the reference point for operators wanting to identify catering equipment distributors with qualified services staff.
Initially the register was created with engineers possessing COMCAT gas accreditations in mind, but Peter Kay, director of technical support at CEDA, confirmed it has decided to widen the remit.
“The scheme has already been extended to include refrigeration engineers, which is quite a specialised area, and we are now in the process of receiving applications,” he said.
Refrigeration engineers will need to demonstrate that they have the DEFRA-appointed F Gas accreditation, which complies with the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009.
“It is the law that refrigeration engineers must have F Gas accreditation,” added Kay. “The F-Gas regulations have been introduced over the last five or six years because a lot of old refrigerant gases are very dangerous in terms of damaging the ozone layer. That is why there is now a lot of control on refrigeration.”