The European Commission has launched an assessment of the appropriateness of introducing a 3rd party certification under the existing ecodesign measures for solid fuel boilers covered under Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 and for solid fuel local space heaters covered under Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1185.
The assignment is a special review required in the Ecodesign Regulations (EU) 2015/1185 (solid fuel local space heaters with a nominal heat output of 50 kW or less) and (EU) 2015/1189 (solid fuel boilers with a rated heat output of 500 kW or less). This requirement was included in the regulation because these are complex product groups for which market surveillance is not straightforward, in particular because of the high costs for testing and the complexity of the test procedures. During the discussions leading up to the adoption of the above-mentioned regulations, third party certification was suggested as a potential tool to support compliance of heaters with the requirements. An alternative, "independent third party testing" by an accredited test institution, was also discussed. The overall objective of the review study is to assess whether 3rd party certification, or independent third party testing, is appropriate for solid fuel boilers and solid fuel local space heaters.
The study is carried out by Viegand Maagøe, with technical input from Danish Technological Institute, and Wuppertal Institute for the European Commission, DG Energy (ENER). Contract manager is Viegand Maagøe (Denmark).