Refrigerant identification and verification

Refrigerant Identification and Verification

Stopping the illegal refrigerant trade.

As enforcement of F-Gas service ban increases, customs and border officials are on the front line. Tasked to identify and analyze refrigerant before it crosses the border and stop the trade of illegal refrigerants.

Illegally imported refrigerant can present a major risk for the health and safety of installers and users and for the reliability of equipment. In case of accidents which may result from the use of unknown substances contained in illegally imported containers or cylinders, installers will ultimately be responsible. It’s therefore vital that you can know exactly what refrigerant you are adding to your system. Neutronics is assisting international customs and border agencies throughout Europe in providing accurate and robust refrigerant identification and verification tools. The border customs officials play a pivotal role in identifying the integrity of the refrigerants being transported throughout Europe.

F Gas

The European Union is aiming to reduce the environmental impact of fluorinated gases through legislation often cited simply as ‘F Gas’ Regulations. The legislation aims to limit the amount of fluorinated gases that can be sold and used in various applications and also prevent emissions.

Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion..

Kigali Amendment

The Kigali Amendment is the fifth in a series of amendments to the Montreal Protocol and was adopted to phase down HFCs, which are frequently used as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). Although HFCs are not ODSs, they are powerful greenhouse gases that have significant global warming potentials (GWPs).

Refrigerant Analyzers

Neutronics refrigerant analyzers are trusted by customs and border officials on the front line against illegal refrigerants. The Ultima ID and the new Legend series of refrigerant analyzers have both been effective in supplying trusted and reliable refrigerant identification reporting for front line officials.


Legend Series

The Legend Series of Neutronics Refrigerant Analyzers have been effectively used to reveal potentially dangerous fake refrigerants in circulation for Romanian car workshops as tested by the Romanian Association of Automotive Specialists.


Ultima ID Pro Series

The Neutronics Ultima ID Pro HVAC/R Refrigerant Analyzer enables fast, accurate testing of refrigerant, reducing the need for costly and time-consuming gas chromatography.


Refrigerant Analysis Application Guide

Find your refrigerant analysis solution by pursuing the full list of analyzer options outlined in the Neutronics Refrigerant Analysis Application Guide or contacting Neutronics directly for specialized applications.

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