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Directive 2009/142/EC on Appliances burning Gaseous Fuels (GAD) sets out the basic requirements that domestic and commercial gas appliances must meet in the EU market. It came into force on 1 January 1996 with the purpose to ensure consistent operational performance and testing for gas appliances, particularly for those used domestically.

The prime role of the GAD is to ensure the free movement of products covered by its scope, through technical harmonisation with regard to risks due to gas, while guaranteeing a high level of protection of public interest objectives.

The primary objective of this study was to support the European Commission to carry out an Impact Assessment, which accompanies the proposal concerning the revision of Directive 2009/142/EC on appliances burning gaseous fuels (GAD).

The specific objectives of the study include examining the impacts of:

1) the alignment of the GAD to the New Legislative Framework (NLF);

2) the clarification of the GAD provisions; and

3) possible modification of the GAD scope which could also require modification of the essential requirements in order to ensure that all gas risks would remain covered.

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