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This directive aims to ensure a single Community market in appliances burning gaseous fuels by laying down the essential safety requirements and type-approval rules.
This Directive applies to:
- appliances burning gaseous fuels and used for cooking, heating, hot water production, refrigeration, lighting and washing, hereinafter referred to as "appliances"; burners using air under pressure and heating units fitted with such burners are treated as appliances;
- safety and control devices and subassemblies other than burners using air under pressure and heating units fitted with such burners, hereinafter referred to as "equipment".
Appliances designed specifically for use in an industrial process are excluded from the scope of the Directive.
Member States must ensure that the appliances specified are placed on the market or brought into service only on condition that they do not jeopardise the safety of persons, domestic animals or property. The appliances and equipment must satisfy the essential requirements stipulated in Annex I.
Member States must not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing on the market or the putting into service of appliances which satisfy the essential requirements set out above.
If a Member State finds that, under normal conditions of use, an appliance fitted with an CE marking poses a risk to the safety of persons, domestic animals or property, it shall take all the steps necessary to have the appliance withdrawn or to prohibit or restrict the placing on the market of such an appliance. The Member States shall forthwith notify the Commission of these measures.
Member States shall presume that all appliances and equipment conforming to the national standards implementing the relevant harmonised standards comply with the essential requirements.
Member States must publish their national standards implementing the relevant harmonised standards and communicate these to the Commission.
The annexes to the Directive give details of the essential requirements, procedures for attestation of conformity, use of the "CE mark" etc.
The Directive requires the CE mark to be affixed to gas appliances and to a list of other products (construction products, simple pressure vessels, personal protective equipment, toys, telecommunications terminal equipment, hot-water boilers, electrical equipment etc.) likely to fall simultaneously within the scope of several technical harmonisation directives.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 90/396/EEC||09.07.1990||30.06.1991||OJ L 196 of 26.07.1990|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 93/68/EEC||02.08.1993||01.07.1994||OJ L 220 of 30.08.1993|
Further information on gas appliances can be found on the site of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.