Statement from MACSPARTNERS EU

MACPARTNERSLOGOMACPARTNERS were astounded to hear of the recent “U turn” by the UK ‘s DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) related to the purchase of “F” gases by un-licensed individuals and the general public. As the Pan–European trade association established in 2004 to represent all sectors of the vehicle air conditioning industry with a particular focus on the aftermarket servicing of vehicle air conditioning, MACPARTNERS is gravely concerned that this change of position from June 2015 directly contradicts the (EU) 517/2014 directive. Furthermore, this reversal of course appears to have been made only after undisclosed UK Stakeholders questioned the authority DEFRA to restrict the sale of these products.

This action by DEFRA not only allows the sale of so called DIY top ups of R134a to untrained service technicians and even further to the general public via auto spare parts outlets, but it allows untrained individuals to simply add refrigerant to a leaking system without seeking the services of qualified service personnel to properly recover the refrigerant from the vehicle and perform repairs.

The DEFRA ruling certainly appears to be against the best interests of the professional auto repair industry, and could lead to negative consequences for the vehicle being “serviced” and to the environmental issue of F’ Gas emissions not being followed.

MACPARTNERS will be addressing this matter with DEFRA and the European Commission on behalf of its members and all stake holders in the industry.

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About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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