On April 21, 2018, the EU’s Gas Appliances Directive (GAD) will be replaced by the new Gas Appliances Regulation (GAR), changing the requirements for appliances burning gaseous fuels. Products must have new GAR EU Type examination certificates if they were not already in the supply chain prior to this date. GAD will be withdrawn and its EC surveillance certificates will no longer be valid for appliances or fittings produced after this date. The changes under GAR will impact your business, so it’s critical to begin to understand them now.
The European Commission proposes legislation to European Parliament. The legislation, classified as regulations, directives and decisions, takes precedence over EU member states’ national laws. As such, any manufacturer looking to enter the EU market must be prepared to adhere to GAR within the year.