Directive 2009/142/EC - appliances burning gaseous fuels

Latest update: 14/02/2017
of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 relating to appliances burning gaseous fuels.


The aim of the Directive is to ensure a single Community market for appliances burning gaseous fuels by laying down the essential safety requirements and type-approval rules. Member States must ensure that the appliances specified are only placed on the market or brought into service on condition that they do not represent a risk for the safety of persons, domestic animals or property.

The Directive will be repealed by 21 April 2018 and replaced by Regulation (EU) 2016/428.


Definitions are provided for ‘gaseous fuel’, ‘fittings' and ‘appliances’.


The Directive establishes requirements that any gas appliance or a fitting must meet when being placed on the EU market. This includes appliances for cooking, heating, hot water production, refrigeration, lighting, washing, forced draught burners and heating bodies to be equipped with such burners. Fittings are safety devices, controlling devices or regulating devices and sub-assemblies. The essential safety requirements which must be respected are described in Annex I.

The Directive also regulates the certification procedure. The manufacturer must ensure that appliances and fittings meet the requirements in design and manufacturing standards. Harmonised standards set out by the CEN provide a presumption of conformity and help manufacturers to meet requirements. Their use is voluntary.

The Member States must approve a national notified body that carries out the appropriate examinations and tests in order to check the conformity of the appliances and fittings. Only products that meet requirements shall carry the CE marking. The CE marking is specified in Annex III.

Member State are obliged to protect persons, animals and the property. They must ensure that products placed on the market meet the requirements and they must take appropriate measures to withdraw unsafe products from the market or to prohibit or restrict their being placed on the market. In Annex V, the Directive sets out minimum criteria for the approval of national bodies.


Annex I: Essential requirements

Annex II: Procedure for certification of conformity

Annex III: CE marking and inscriptions

Annex IV: Design documentation

Annex V: Minimum criteria for assessment of notified bodies

Annex VI: Repealed Directive (90/396/EEC) with its amendment

Annex VII: Correlation table (to Dir 90/396/EEC)

Read the full text of this Directive

National measures implementating this Directive

Further information on this topic

Information on pressure equipments and gas appliances at the European Commission's website - DG Growth:

- Overview on gas appliences