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EPREL new prototype version – Update (GEN – 979.00)

15 December 2018

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EPREL new prototype version – Update (GEN – 979.00)

15 December 2018

2 min read

GEN – 979.00. In addition to the previous communication about the ACCEPTANCE environment, on 14 December the Commission announced that the first version of EPREL has been made available in the PRODUCTION environment. This environment is secured, and it is the one that suppliers must use to register their models from 1 January 2019.

Introduction

The development of EPREL is now progressing, three days after the ACCEPTANCE environment the PRODUCTION environment has become available.

The exchange model to use it is the last version published as mentioned in GEN – 977.00:  

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/wikis/display/EPREL/EPREL+Exchange+Model+Documentation+v2.3.4

Commission support

The Commission has indicated that support during the Christmas period (24 December 2018 – 4 January 2019) will be available during working days, namely on 26, 27 and 28 December 2018, and 3 and 4 January 2019.

Abstract Regulation (EU) 2017/1369

The Commission reminded industry about Article 4 of the Energy Labelling Framework Directive:

Obligations of suppliers in relation to the product database

1. As from 1 January 2019, the supplier shall, before placing on the market a unit of a new model covered by a delegated act, enter in the public and compliance parts of the product database the information for that model, as set out in Annex I. 

2. Where units of models covered by a delegated act are placed on the market between 1 August 2017 and 1 January 2019, the supplier shall, by 30 June 2019, enter in the product database the information set out in Annex I in relation to those models. 

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3. The supplier may enter in the product database the information for models, as set out in Annex I, the units of which were exclusively placed on the market before 1 August 2017.

State of play

It may prove useful to remind the manufacturers of the Commission statement that was previously communicated in GEN – 972.00.

“Due to the focus on establishing a functioning database for suppliers, and mindful of the deadline for this, the Commission services have advanced more slowly with developing the public access to the database and the access by Member States to the compliance information (including the link to ICSMS). This means that the data that suppliers upload in the database will not be accessible by market surveillance authorities and the public from 1 January 2019. Our aim is for this access to be possible from April 2019. De facto, we anticipate that industry will continue uploading data during the period between January and April 2019. The Commission services intend to use this period to finalise the system-to-system upload facility and iron out any remaining bugs.”

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers of professional refrigerated storage cabinets(Regulation 2015/1094), residential ventilation (Regulation 1254/2014), air conditioners (Regulation 626/2011), space and water heaters, including heat pumps (Regulation 811/2013 and Regulation 812/2013) are strongly recommended to prepare for introducing product data by April 2019.

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