April 2021: Afecor supports the Hydrogen standardization process
The appliance industry is working on new gas boilers ready to be used with hydrogen admixtures and in the future with pure hydrogen.

What is missing at this point in time is a set of European standards to be used for the certification of both, controls and appliances. Controls manufacturers within Afecor have seen the need to accelerate standardization in this field and activities have been started to come to first results pretty soon.

Afecor supports the Hydrogen standardization process

April 2021: Afecor policy for the introduction of Hydrogen as a renewable fuel
The European Commision just as well as a number of Member States have established Hydrogen strategies as a way forward to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Several pilot projects are being conducted to verify the use of admixtures of hydrogen and natural gas in existing heating systems. First results look promising, encouraging the development of hydrogen ready boilers.

Afecor supports the introduction of hydrogen as a renewable fuel and has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

Afecor policy for the introduction of Hydrogen as a renewable fuel

November 2020: Afecor - Reconditioned Controls under the Gas Appliance Regulation
Over the past decades the observation was made that used controls have been placed on the market again after reconditioning, still with the label of the original manufacturer. Reconditioning is a manufacturing process based on used parts or subassemblies. As such the product falls under the Gas Appliances Regulation when placed on the market.

The approach of a circular economy does encourage such activities. However, in case of safety relevant controls conditions apply, like a new certification of the modified product. The reissued statement is to clarify the process.

Afecor - Reconditioned Controls under the Gas Appliance Regulation

July 2020: Revision of standards and validity of certificates
With a product having been certified to the previous version of the standard, the question that is often asked is, will the product now have to be certified again, now using the new release of the standard. The Gas Appliances Advisory Committee had discussed this few years ago and put the result on a note which was then used by manufacturers and Notified Bodies to have a common understanding on how to react to a new release of a standard. With the Gas Appliances Directive being replaced by the Gas Appliances Regulation, the document was also withdrawn.

Afecor has based on information taken from the Blue Guide published an own document to support manufacturers and Notified Bodies in taking conscious decisons.

Afecor - Revision of Standards and Validity of Certificates

October 2018: Afecor statement on designed lifetime of safety relevant controls updated
It is commonly understood that neither mechanical parts nor electronic components have an infinite lifetime. This becomes an issue for safety relevant products, which are typically assessed for their safety when they are new. Ageing an wear may change the assumptions that the assessment was based upon.

The standards for controls in our industry include endurance tests which represents a typical life span in heating applications. Afecor compiled the endurance test cycle specifications to give guidance for the product documentation to include statements on maintenance or replacement for products that reach the number of cycles or the corresponding time period.

The tables have been updated to reflect changes in the relevant standards.

Designed lifetime - explanatory text - english

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