Regulation (EU) 2016/426: Guidance point 3.7 of Annex I (GAR)
EU, October 2020
Regulation (EU) 2016/426 on appliances burning gaseous fuels (GAR) - Guidance document in relation to point 3.7 of Annex I - Materials and parts of appliances/fittings in contact with food and water intended for human consumption
In relation to materials/parts of the appliance/fitting in contact with food
- Regulation (EC) N° 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food1 and all implementing acts adopted pursuant to Article 5(1) thereof such as:
- Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 of 14 January 2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food; and
- Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
In relation to materials/parts of the appliance/fitting in contact with water intended for human consumption
- Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption (hereinafter “the Drinking water Directive”)
The European Parliament proposed amendments to the Commission proposal at its plenary on 23 October 2018.
On 5 March 2019, the Council adopted its position on the proposal to revise the Drinking water Directive.
The Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement in the trilogues on 18 December 2019. Members States' ambassadors (Coreper) confirmed the agreement on 5 February and the ENVI Committee gave its endorsement on 18 February 2020.
The confirmation of the political agreement was submitted to the Environment Council meeting on 5 March 2020. After legal-linguistic revision, the Council is expected to formally adopt the text as its first reading position, after which the file will return to Parliament for final adoption in second reading.
Point 3.7. of Annex I to the GAR refers specifically to the definition of “water intended for human consumption” provided by Article 2 of the Drinking water Directive according to which “all water either in its original state or after treatment, intended for drinking, cooking, food preparation or other domestic purposes, regardless of its origin and whether it is supplied from a distribution network, from a tanker, or in bottles or containers”.
The GAR itself does not contain any additional elements of definition of the concept of “water intended for human consumption” and simply refers to the definition provided by the Drinking water Directive.
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