In 2014, a new EU Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation No 517/2014 was adopted to strengthen existing measures brought into force by the initial ‘Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation’ No 842/2006. It intends to reduce fluorinated gas emissions by two-thirds by 2030, as compared with 2014 levels. Fluorinated gases have historically been used as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) systems, but have a high global warming impact (up to 23 000 times greater than carbon dioxide). A significant component of this phase-down are the standards that govern the design, construction, operation, maintenance and recovery of RACHP systems.

ECOS will work to secure conditions for the widespread uptake of low global warming potential refrigerants and improve safety requirements for all RACHP systems, guiding manufacturers away from high global warming potential alternatives.


  • Contribute to the revision or development of the standards setting safety and environmental requirements of refrigerating systems and heat pumps (EN 378 and ISO 5149)
  • Take part in the development of standard ISO 817 for the designation and safety classification of refrigerants
  • Follow standardisation developments related to the safety of household and similar electrical appliances (including EN 60335)
  • Follow the outcome of EU Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation No 517/2014 Art. 11(6), and ensure consistency between regulatory and standardisation developments

ECOS contributes to:

  • CEN/TC 182: Refrigerating systems, safety and environmental requirements
  • ISO/TC 86: Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • CLC/TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances
  • IEC/TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

Not applicable
rita-small3For more details on ECOS’ participation in the standardisation of e-mobility, please contact:

Rita Tedesco – Programme Manager





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