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On 21 April 2018 the Gas Appliances Directive (GAD) will be withdrawn and replaced by the new Gas Appliance Regulation (GAR) for appliances burning gaseous fuels and fittings intended to be incorporated within gas appliances.
The deadline is fast approaching and any non-compliant products with these new gas regulations must be withdrawn from the market.
The new regulation includes several important updates to the existing requirements in the Gas Appliances Directive 2009 /142/EC which gas appliance manufacturers and distributors should be aware of and understand what this means to them.
The move to the new regulation is to further improve the safety of gas appliances being supplied within the EU. The new regulation specifically addresses some of the structural weaknesses that were present with the older directive, especially in relation to appliances being imported from outside the EU.
These new gas safety regulations now incorporate much of the the New Legislative Framework (NLF) policy which was introduced in 2008 and is designed to strengthen conditions for placing goods on the EU market.
The new regulation contains a number of key changes affecting gas appliance and fitting manufacturers and distributers.