Regulatory development – New requirements for refrigerant leakage checking:
- Checking frequency
- Prescribed form (CERFA in France)
- Prescribed label
In application of EU regulations, the French decree of 29 February 2016 on certain refrigerants containing fluorinated greenhouse gases, states that equipment containing such refrigerants must be checked periodically for leakage by certified personnel and a tightness control certificate must be issued.
|Checking frequency||Once a year||Twice a year||4 times a year|
|Metric tons of CO2 equivalent||5 to 50||50 to 500||More than 500|
|Refrigerant||R134a||Refrigerant charge (kg)||5 to 50||50 to 500||More than 500|
|R407c||Refrigerant charge (kg)||3.5 to 35||35 to 349.7||More than 348.7|
|R410a||Refrigerant charge (kg)||2.39 to 23.9||23.9 to 239.5||More than 239.5|
A label must be attached to the equipment:
Blue label if the equipment complies with the requirements:
Red label if a leak is detected and the operator cannot stop it.