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Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations

The Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations are based on the New Approach. The scope of the Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations is restricted to appliances burning gaseous fuels used for cooking, heating, hot water production, refrigeration, lighting and washing, i.e. these Regulations cover mainly common consumer and commercial products. So-called fittings are also covered. Appliances specifically designed for use in industrial processes carried out on industrial premises are excluded from the scope of these Regulations.

The system introduced by the Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations constitutes a legal framework for gas appliances in the Community Member States. It aims to provide access to the Community market for appliances and fittings so far the gas safety of these products is concerned.

The Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations contain the essential requirements that an appliance must meet when it is placed on the Community market. It does not indicate how these requirements must be met, thus leaving flexibility to manufacturers as regards technical solutions to be adopted. In order to facilitate market access, Harmonised Standards, the reference numbers of which have been published in the Official Journal, provide a presumption of conformity with the directive's essential requirements. Using harmonized standards is voluntary. Standardisation work is being coordinated by the CEN (Sector Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC).  The GAD also contains provisions on conformity assessment procedures, involving Notified Bodies

The Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels Regulations can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=10786&l=1