Gas appliances directive (GAD 2009/142/EC)

BSI are a Notified Body for the Gas Appliance Directive and can help manufacturers comply with this directive and gain fast access to the European market.  

European Council Directive 90/396/EEC ('the Gas Appliance Directive’) 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 Directive does not indicate how these requirements must be met, thus leaving flexibility to manufacturers as regards technical solutions to be adopted.

The Directive was implemented in the UK by the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/711). The adoption of Directive 93/68/EEC (‘the CE marking Directive’) in 1993 brought about amendments to the Gas Appliances Directive 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 Directive, 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.

Who is the directive for?

This Directive is for manufacturers of Gas Appliances who are wishing to sell their products in the European Union. Once a manufacturer meets the requirements of the Directive they will be able to apply CE marking to their products.

What products do we test?

Appliances that burn gas (of any type) from small household products up to larger commercial appliances for the purposes of:

  • Space heating
  • Cooking
  • Water heating
  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Washing

We also test the supply of forced draught gas burners along with safety and control devices that are intended to be used within gas appliances.

The Directive excludes gas appliances that are used as part of an industrial process on industrial premises, (the Machinery Directive may apply here), and gas appliances that have a normal water temperature exceeding 105°C ( the Pressure Equipment Directive may apply here).

Our commitment to service and expertise

As a Notified Body for the Gas Appliance Directive we have a wealth of expertise in this industry. We have a team of experts who can help you to meet the requirements of the Directive. Our Loughborough site has a dedicated laboratory where we can provide you with ongoing support. We can also help you gain certification to other schemes giving you even greater market access.

Our testing service means more than producing a report. We’ve been experts in product certification and testing for over 60 years. With us you can be confident of the integrity of the certification and testing services for your products. Plus we provide innovative and efficient testing and certification solutions, saving you time and money.

Our certification managers, client managers, laboratory technicians and business development managers have a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the testing process and can help you every step of the way.