Regulation (EU) 2016/426

Last updated: 18 November 2019
The legal framework for the placing on the market and putting into service of gas appliances and their fittings is Regulation (EU) 2016/426 on appliances burning gaseous fuels (GAR). It became fully applicable as of 21 April 2018, replacing the previous Directive 2009/142/EC.


This Regulation is a full harmonisation legislation based on the ‘New Approach’ principles and aligned to the ‘New Legislative Framework’ policy. In addition, it clarifies the requirements each gas appliance and fitting has to fulfil. The need for interpretation of the provisions of the Regulation is reduced compared to Directive 2009/142/EC through an introduction of definitions for the sector-specific terminology used to facilitate the application of the legislation. The Regulation also introduces harmonised content for the communication of gas supply conditions in EU countries, enabling the design and construction of safe and correctly performing products.

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Appliances
  • Cooking