REFCOM Elite celebrates 25 years

REFCOM Elite celebrates 25 years of best practice in refrigerant management

Refcom anniversary

REFCOM Elite turns 25!
Refcom anniversary

We are proud to be celebrating 25 years of our voluntary scheme REFCOM Elite, which demonstrates best practice in refrigerant management.

We celebrated this momentous occasion at an exclusive invite only party, in association with exclusive event sponsor Joblogic, held in central London on 29 September 2021. It was great to see so many members in person and there was a real buzz in the room as people from the F-Gas industry finally got a chance to meet up face to face.

The scheme traces its origins back to the original REFCOM, which was set up in 1996 by a group of contractors who wanted to demonstrate their commitment to high professional standards and responsible refrigerant handling.

In 2006 government officials at DEFRA approached REFCOM to help them set up a framework for a mandatory company certification scheme to ensure compliance with the new European F-Gas regulation.  The Elite Scheme was used as the framework on a ‘low cost, light touch’ basis. After the establishment of the mandatory register in 2009, it remained a voluntary scheme for companies who wanted to go above and beyond simply achieving regulatory compliance and demonstrate higher professional standards.

We have had some great achievements over the years including the following highlights:

  • Launched in July 1996, the first members on board were part of the RACHP Exec Committee which included Mac Marney Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd, Mitchells (Gloucester) Ltd and Norwest Projects Ltd, all of which we are pleased to say are still REFCOM members

  • Won 2007 RAC Cooling Award for our Refrigerant Tracking Database software in the Field Service Innovation of the Year category 

  • October 2016 - our online application was introduced, making applying for REFCOM membership more easier and quicker

  • August 2019 - REFCOM Elite Supplier Scheme launched with Logicool as first approved member 

  • July 2020 – REFCOM Elite Supplier Scheme wins Initiative of the Year Award at ACR News Awards

  • Oct 2020 - REFCOM wins Small Company Achievement - Service & Contracting and Graeme Fox, Head of Technical wins the Gold Award at the RAC Cooling Awards 

  • November 2020 – reached 300 REFCOM Elite member milestone! 

  • August 2021 - 7000th REFCOM F-Gas member milestone

  • Oct 2021 - Won the RAC Cooling Award for COVID Frontline Achievement Award


Its not just our experience, expertise and industry voice that sets us apart from our competitors – when you’re a REFCOM member you're listed on the UK’s original and largest F-Gas Register.

Click here to see why we’re the UK’s NUMBER ONE F-Gas certification scheme.