BSI are a Notified Body for the Gas Appliance Instruction and can help manufacturers comply with this instruction and gain fast access to the European market.
European Council Instruction 90/396/EEC ('the Gas Appliance Instruction’) relating to appliances burning gaseous fuels was adopted in 1990. It is based on the New Approach and contains essential requirements that an appliance must meet when it is placed on the European market. The Instruction does not indicate how these requirements must be met, thus leaving flexibility to manufacturers as regards technical solutions to be adopted.
The Instruction was implemented in the UK by the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/711). The adoption of Instruction 93/68/EEC (‘the CE marking Instruction’) in 1993 brought about amendments to the Gas Appliances Instruction that were implemented into consolidated national law through the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/1629) which came into force, subject to certain transitional provisions, on 1 January 1996.
Gas appliances and fittings that comply with the Regulations will be presumed to comply with the Gas Appliances Instruction, as amended, and be entitled to free circulation throughout the European Union.
Forced draught burners and heating bodies to be equipped with such burners are also considered as appliances.