Marking heat pump quality in Europe just got easier

CEN HEAT PUMP KEYMARK introduced in the market Product certification based on European standards is available via the CEN KEYMARK system since 1992. 1 has just up the number of product groups applicable for KEYMARK certification, as 11 manufacturers and certification bodies have created the scheme rules for heat pumps.

CEN HEAT PUMP KEYMARK was introduced in the market Product certification based on European standards. It is available via the CEN KEYMARK system since 1992. The number of product groups applicable for KEYMARK certification has just increased, as 11 manufacturers and certification bodies have created the scheme rules for heat pumps.

These rules are based on the efficiency and sound emission requirements of the Ecodesign legislation for heat pumps, combi-heat pumps and hot water heat pumps and are augmented by a set of criteria for factory production audits and quality systems.

In March 2016, CEN has accepted the scheme rules and since then, the CEN HEAT PUMP KEYMARK is available to the market. The rules of the HP KEYMARK are based on European Standards. It is granted by empowered certification bodies. Currently these are: - DIN CERTCO, Germany - VDE, Germany - SP, Sweden - SZU, Czech Republic - VDE, Germany. Atlantic (France) and Stiebel Eltron (Germany) where the first companies to certify their products under the HP KEYMARK.

“The HP KEYMARK is particularly helpful for those products that we sell in the single European Market”, says Dr. Johannes Brugmann, head of development of Stiebel Eltron and member of the EHPA board. “We hope achieve mutual acceptance of the quality of these products across Member States and to avoid the administrative and financial burden of multiple testing and certification. A single certificate should be sufficient to be eligible for support schemes across borders.“ He is seconded by Eric Bataille, Atlantic’s Public affairs' group Director: “We strongly believe that a certification accepted by every member state will be very helpful for the heat pump industry.”

The requirements to obtain the HEAT PUMP KEYMARK are strict. While the HEAT PUMP KEYMARK certificate can thus be more costly than some other certification or label available in European market, this makes sense, if the single certificate can be used to fulfil the requirements in more countries at once.

“Heat pumps are a European product – if they are sold in a single European market, Member States should accept a single certificate to check for quality. We can only encourage all national and regional administrative bodies to take this step.” says Thomas Nowak, Secretary General for the European Heat Pump Association, who has coordinated the development of the scheme.

 

Contact details
Thomas Nowak, Secretary General, +32 (2) 400 10 17, thomas.nowak[at]ehpa.org
Sören Scholz, Head of Certification,  +49 (0)30 7562-1161, soeren.scholz[at]dincertco.de