Australian Standard AS 4211.1-1996 : Gas Recovery or Combined Recovery and Recycling Equipment - Fluorocarbon Refrigerants from Automotive Air-conditioning Systems - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend apply for a refrigerant air-conditioning (RAC) industry permit.

A RAC industry permit means any of the following:

  • A refrigerant handling licence;
  • Refrigerant trading authorisation;
  • RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation;
  • Halon special permit; or
  • Restricted refrigerant trading authorisation.

To be eligible for a permit you must demonstrate your knowledge of any standard relevant to work to be carried out under your permit. You must carry out any work under a permit in accordance with the relevant standard.

This standard specifies the minimum equipment requirements for safe and efficient recovery or combined recovery and recycling of refrigerants directly removed from and intended for reuse in automotive air-conditioning systems. It specifies test methods to determine equipment performance and minimum purity levels allowed for recycled R12 and R134a refrigerants. It applies to equipment used to service cars, trucks and other vehicles with similar air-conditioning systems. Equipment used on mobile vehicles that have hermetically sealed systems for refrigerated cargo are not covered in this document.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Australian Refrigeration Council

Act(s) name

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Contact Officer, Head Office
Department of the Environment and Energy
Australian Refrigeration Council

Operating address:
Level 1
818 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill
Victoria 3128
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 3033
Box Hill
Victoria 3128






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