Gas and Electrical Appliance Testing and Certification

With increasing concerns over climate change and consumer safety, there is a rising public demand for more efficient and safe appliances. With the issues of liability and to improve risk management in the decision process, organisations can help mitigate the risks involved in non-performance by selecting products and services which have been tested and certified.

BSI is a leading global provider of type approval, testing and certification services for gas and electrical appliances used in both domestic and commercial environments.  We have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable staff in the world and are recognised internationally for our technical expertise, quality services and in-depth knowledge of gas, electrical, oil and solid fuel product testing and certification.


BSI can test a wide range of gas, electrical, oil and solid fuel appliances for commercial and domestic environments, including:

Cooking appliances

Domestic and commercial gas cookers, induction hobs, convection ovens, LPG and natural barbecues, hotplates and storage cookers.

Gas water heating appliances

Central heating boilers, condensing boilers and combination boilers, water heaters & storage heaters. BSI has the specialist testing facilities and accreditations required to conduct safety testing on unvented water storage systems to demonstrate compliance with the UK Building Regulations. In addition, BSI has been involved in adopting and working with new and emerging technologies such as small-scale combined heat and power (micro CHP) using fuel cells, stirling engines and internal combustion engines.

Gas fires and space heaters

Gas fires, convection heaters, radiant convector heaters, patio heaters.

Leisure and camping appliances

Water heaters for vehicles and boats, space heaters and LPG vapour pressure appliances, absorption refrigerators and domestic gas refrigerators. The technology and market for these products changes so it is vital that an appropriate test programmes are developed to get the product right first time. With first rate facilities that include a radiant efficiency test rig for measuring the thermal efficiency of commercial radiant heating systems, BSI has unrivalled expertise in developing test requirements for novel types of gas and electrical appliances.

Gas-carrying controls intended for use in gas appliances

Pressure governors, flame supervision devices, multifunctional gas controls, automatic shut off valves, mechanical thermostats, pressure sensing devices, gas/air ratio controls.

Electronic safety devices intended for use with gas appliances / installations

Automatic burner controls, electronic flame safeguards, valve proving systems, gas/air ratio controls, control functions for gas burning appliances, temperature sensing controls, commercial kitchen extract proving systems, gas proving control systems.

Safety of electrical appliances for use in the household, shops, light industrial applications and farms

Gas or oil fired products, vacuum cleaners, water suction cleaners, dishwashers, cooking ranges and tables, ovens, washing machines, grills, toasters, portable cooking appliances, tumble dryers, deep fat fryers, kitchen machines, liquid heating appliances, hot water storage appliances, hair tongs, microwave ovens, refrigerating appliances, ice-cream makers, battery chargers, room heaters, oil filled radiators, range hoods, instantaneous water heaters, electric heat pumps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, surface clearing appliances, outdoor barbecues, industrial & commercial wet and dry vacuum cleaners, automatic machines for floor treatment, fixed and portable immersion heaters, commercial dispensing and vending machines, fans, household appliances stand-by power measurement.

Ancillary equipment

Related valves, meters, hoses, flue terminals and fittings.

Our Testing Capabilities

The wide-ranging capability of our testing facilities and the broad expertise and knowledge of our testing and certification staff ensures products are rigorously tested with the utmost integrity.

Products themselves can be and are put through tests that will evaluate and report on amongst others:

  • Design and construction
  • Thermal efficiency
  • Performance
  • Electrical safety
  • EMC immunity & emissions
  • Failure mode analysis
  • Functional safety
  • Legal requirements