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Notifications: Standardisation – March 2020 (GEN – 1104.00)

03 April 2020

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Standardisation
General

Notifications: Standardisation – March 2020 (GEN – 1104.00)

03 April 2020

3 min read

GEN – 1104.00. On a monthly basis, the Eurovent Team compiles a global overview of the latest developments concerning new standardisation activities and technical regulations of relevance for the HVACR industry. Our Notifications allow members to be prepared for developments that can have an impact on them and their products.

Standardisation

The application of the Directive 2015/1535/EU (previously Directive 98/34/EC) has also been extended to new standardisation work undertaken by National Standards Bodies (AENOR, AFNOR, DIN, UNI, etc.) at national level. These notifications are registered centrally by the CEN Management Centre. A ‘Monthly Notifications Register’ is circulated in English to CEN Members and the European Commission. The National Standard Body provides the relevant associations with a copy of these updates.

The March 2020 ‘Monthly Notifications Register’ included the following issues of relevance:

Country: Germany
National Ref: 14700685
Title: Concepts for quality management

Country: Germany
National Ref: DIN 30682
Title: Gas-fired appliances – Commercial appliances – Safety requirements, tests

Country: Italy
National Ref: UNI1607510
Title: Air quality – Measurement of stationary source emissions – Application of EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to periodic measurements
Scope: This document supplements UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements in order to demonstrate laboratories’ competence during periodic measurements of stationary source emissions, including the following steps:

  • The taking of representative samples of emissions and subsequent laboratory analysis for gases and particulate
  • The determination of reference parameters such as temperature, pressure, water vapour and oxygen content in emissions
  • The use of portable instruments

This document is applicable to all laboratories undertaking the periodic measurements of stationary source emissions, the calibration of installed automated measuring systems in accordance with UNI EN 14181:2015 and/or field testing of automated measuring systems for conformity assessment purposes.

Country: Germany
National Ref: 17200213
Title: Guideline for Life Cycle Assessment according to DIN EN ISO 14001:2015

Technical Regulations

The 2015/1535/EU Directive compels the Member States to notify to the Commission and to each other all the draft technical regulations concerning products. The aim of this procedure is to avoid creation of unjustified barriers between Member States. Sometimes, these notifications appear quite late within the database. These regulations may be found under: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/

Interested parties (companies, associations, individuals) can send their comments directly to the European Commission, DG Growth, unit B2 ‘Prevention of technical barriers’. This should happen within 4 weeks of the publication of the notification so that DG Grow can study the issue and decide on action. The mail should be addressed to Mr Casella Giuseppe, Head of Unit).

The list with national contact points (incomplete and with regular changes) can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/free-movement-sectors/mutual-recognition/contacts-list_en.

The Commission and Member States have three months to introduce comments or detailed opinions.

Detailed opinions extend the status quo period by three months and oblige the issuing Member State to argue on their legislation and to explain the action that it intends to take in response to the detailed opinion.

In the case of comments, only a clarification on the interpretation of the notified text is required. The Member State concerned shall take comments into account as far as possible. The impact of comments is therefore limited.

It is to be noted that the Commission can block a draft for a period of 12 to 18 months if European Union harmonisation work is to be undertaken or is already underway in the same field.

The past month has seen many notifications regarding the coronavirus outbreak and national emergency measures.

Country

Reference

Title

Reception date

Standstill end date

Bulgaria

2020/136/BG

Draft Regulation amending and supplementing Regulation No RD-02-20-1 of 2015 on the conditions and the procedure for the incorporation of construction products in construction works in the Republic of Bulgaria

2020-03-18

2020-06-19

 

WTO TBT notifications

The notifications worldwide under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) can be consulted on:

They can also be consulted via the European Commission website:

Experience shows that not all WTO notifications appear on the EU website. The following new, updated or corrected notifications were made available:

Reference

Title

Reception

date

Standstill

end date

G/TBT/N/ZWE/2

Electricity (Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance of Domestic Electrical Appliances) Regulations, 2020 (6 page(s), in English) includes air conditioning and fans

2020-04-02

2020-05-31

G/TBT/N/JPN/660

Revisions to the ‘Operational Rules and Interpretations of the Gas Business Act for Gas Equipment and Appliances’ and ‘Operational Rules for the Ministerial Order on Technical Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas Appliances, etc.’ (2 page(s), in English)

2020-04-01

2020-05-31

G/TBT/N/USA/1591

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-3. B) (7 page(s), in English)

2020-03-20

2020-04-17

G/TBT/N/USA/1592

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production and Import, 2020-2029; and Other Updates (44 page(s), in English)

2020-03-20

 

 

Recommended Actions

Manufacturers producing these products or active in these countries are recommended to check the contents of these proposals.

If necessary, the Eurovent Association can react or file a WTO complaint.

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