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Air-handling units without controller are ‘complete machines’

Eurovent has published a Code of Good Practice in which EMEA’s air-handling unit (AHU) industry has agreed that a CE mark must also be affixed to those without controllers, in addition to those with controllers.

A uniform interpretation of Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery was considered necessary by the association’s members in order to ensure a level playing field.

It brings clarity to the market before the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 on “ventilation units” comes into force on 1 January 2016.

The rationale behind developing Eurovent 6-2 – 2015 is that manufacturers typically place AHUs without a controller on the EU market in one of two ways:

  • Either as a completed machine with a declaration of conformity (DoC) according to Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery or;
  • As a partly completed machine (PCM) with a declaration of incorporation (DoI) according to the same directive.

With the new Code of Good Practice, Eurovent strongly recommends that an AHU without a controller be considered a complete machine.

The AHU manufacturer must therefore affix the CE Mark, set up a DoC according to annex II, point 1(a) of the Machinery Directive and provide the technical construction file of the unit.

According to secretary general Felix Van Eyken, the Code of Good Practice would constitute the final result of a long discussion process among Eurovent member associations and their affiliated AHU manufacturers.

He said it would be one of the organisation’s core principles to “ensure a level playing field” within a common market.

Eurovent 6-2 – 2015 was developed by Eurovent product group air handling units, which represents more than 100 manufacturers of AHUs from Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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