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News from Afecor or relevant for Afecor members

Publication of the Commission Decision on the harmonised standards for Gas Appliances Regulation (GAR) (Jan. 2024)

On 12 January 2024, the European Commission published the first set of harmonised standards under the Gas Appliances Regulation EU/2016/426 (GAR) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU): link
Afecor position on proposed restrictions for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS (Sept. 2023)

In March 2023 the EU’s Chemical Agency (ECHA) proposed to restrict PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances). However, a restriction could have critical consequences for several EU’s sector/industries, including our Afecor members. Essential parts of our safety relevant controls are made of fluoropolymers, for example O-rings.
Following the approach to restrict all PFAS groups including fluoropolymers while not considering their specific applications and addressing alternatives this potential restriction will have major socioeconomic, industrial, and environmental impacts.

Afecor has submitted a position paper in response to the public consultation. The position paper can be found here: link
Guidance Sheets under the Gas Appliances Regulation (March 2023)

A number of Guidance Sheets have been updated or added to comply with the requirements of the Gas Appliances Regulation. The Guidance Sheets have been endorsed by the European Commission Working Group Gas Appliances in March 2023.

The current set of Guidance Sheets can be downlowded here (Link) or via the links page of this web site.
Roadmap on Hydrogen Standardization - Final Version Handed to CEN/CENELEC (March 2023)

With technology and legislation advancing in the field of using hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier, it is required that standardization is being developed concurrently. A working group of the EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance has put together a comprehensive roadmap for all relevant standardization activities and the required actions. Upon completion of the roadmap the document will be used by CEN/CENELEC to organize projects, to oversee the standardization process and to prioritize.

The Roadmap on Hydrogen Standardization (Link) was handed over to Elena Santiago Cid (Director General CEN/CENELEC) on 1 March by Maive Rute (
Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission) and Sabine Pintaske on behalf of industry (Afecor).
European Clean Hydrogen Alliance - Third Forum
(November 2021)

The third European Hydrogen Forum was held on November 30th 2021 with about 700 participants. The "project pipeline" was presented, including more than 750 projects covering green hydrogen production, transport networks and use of hydrogen. The projected electrolyzer capacity exceeds the 40 GW set out in the European Hydrogen Strategy.
Afecor's new President: Ettore Rossi (October 2021)

Ettore Rossi, Regulatory Affairs Manager at the company SIT SpA, has been elected as the new President of Afecor. He is succeeding Martin Bergemann, who held that position for the last 18 years. Ettore has a lot of experience in standardization as well as in activities concerning European legislation.
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