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Industrial and Tertiary Product Testing and Application of Standards (INTAS) – Fans (GEN – 918.00)

22 June 2018

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Industrial and Tertiary Product Testing and Application of Standards (INTAS) – Fans (GEN – 918.00)

22 June 2018

2 min read

GEN – 918.00. On 12 June, the website of the INTAS project has been complemented with a set of draft documents analysing applicable regulations while testing best practice of transformers and fans. On 20 June, the INTAS questionnaire was presented to the Belgian National Focal Point. The questionnaire has been circulated in 9 countries and 48 stakeholders made comments. The deadline for comments is 26 June.

1st round of questionnaires

The summary of the 48 responses to three questions can be found in the enclosed presentation by the Belgian National Focal Point. The first set of meetings took place in DK, IT, ES, RO, PT, AT, CZ, FI, PO, but not in Belgium.

The original questions were:

  • What are the main concerns regarding the ability of national authorities to perform market surveillance and/or test large products?
  • INTAS intends to develop a range of methodologies dependent on the size and functionality of specific products (this may include witness testing at manufacturer or on-site, using/rent manufacturer’s test facilities, scale model testing or part-load testing of products). What drawbacks, if any, do you see from this approach?
  • It is foreseen that modelling techniques may be used – do you have any experience of this? And what are the most important things we should consider?

It is very difficult to judge the evaluation of the responses.

2nd round of questionnaires – ending on 26 June

The second round of questionnaires requires knowledge of the documents that were made available on 12 June on the INTAS website. It is possible that this information was shared in other countries before it was made publicly available.

Questions

  1. Regarding the draft methodology proposed in WP3 (flowcharts D3.9)
    1. in your view, what are the main obstacles?
    2. and the main opportunities?
    3. Would it be feasible in your view to set a mandatory notification to MSA when the product has been placed on the market or it is ready to be placed on the market, or it has been installed?
    4. Would it be feasible in your view to set a voluntary agreement with client/supplier for testing at their premises?
       
  2. Regarding the step-by-step guide for compliance assessment and supporting toolbox to be developed (see snippet below)
    1. Are any of the documents listed challenging to find? Which ones?
    2. Are you using other documents for compliance verification?

Timing

The INTAS project runs until February 2019. It was understood that the validation of the market surveillance methodologies for fans would run until September 2018.

The deadline for the questionnaire makes this timing suspicious.  

Recommended Actions

In view of the recent developments, manufacturers of large fans and manufacturers using large fans should consider the four reports. Comments can be provided to the Belgian National Contact Point (most likely up to 29 instead of 26 June).

We recommend manufacturers and associations to make use of this opportunity, even though it will take some time to come to terms with both the study documents and the questions.

The Product Groups within Eurovent dealing with large fans should prepare comments or a position paper on the proposed documents.

Related documents and links

All related documents and articles can be found in the respective sections in the right sidebar.

  • GEN 918.01 – Presentation by the Belgian National Contact Point on 21 June 2018
  • GEN 918.02 – INTAS questionnaire (with links to the documents to which the questions refer)
  • GEN 918.03 – Stakeholder questionnaire response template
  • GEN 917.00 – Update INTAS
  • GEN 911.00 – Update INTAS
  • INTAS project website

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