Status: Final regulation
1. Product study completed
A study for each product group examines market data, technological status and other relevant issues. When the study is completed, the Commission formulates a proposal (working document) taking the findings and recommendations of the study into account.
2. Consultation Forum and first proposal
The proposal (working document) from the Commission is communicated to experts, stakeholders and Member States. These parties meet in the Eco-design Consultation Forum to discuss the proposal.
Based on the Consultation Forum and the impact assessments, the Commission formulates a draft regulation.
3. Draft Regulation
When the Commission has formulated a draft regulation, it is sent to Inter-service Consultation (which means internal consultation of the different services of the Commission.). Before it is submitted to the Eco-design Regulatory Committee it is also notified to the WTO.
4. Approved by Regulatory Committee
The draft regulation is then submitted to the Regulatory Committee, which is composed by one representative from each EU Member State.
After the proposed regulation is adopted by a majority of the Regulatory Committee, it is sent to the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny.
5. Final Regulation
The regulation is formally adopted by the Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) before it enters into force.
The most likely legal form of the implementation is “regulation”, which means that it takes direct legal effect in all Member States.
Regulation 327/2011: Ventilation fans
Last updated: 22 December 2011
Final regulation for ventilation fans entered into force 26 April 2011. The two tiers of minimum energy efficiency requirements are effective from 1 January 2013 and 1 January 2015.
Requirements and scope
A fan is defined as a rotary bladed machine that is used to maintain a flow of a gas (typically air) and which is driven by an electric motor. The regulation has an extended product approach, including motor, drive and fan.
Fans that fall within the scope of the measurement include fans of power range 125 W to 500 kW. Fans that fall outside the scope are:
- Fans designed to operate with an electric motor below 125 W but driven by a motor above 125 W primarily serving other functionalities.
- Fans for vacuum cleaners (the 8000rpm criterion). These will be covered by future ecodesign measures.
The proposed minimum energy performance requirements are specified in Annex I of the proposal.
Clarifying note (doc)
|26 Apr 11||Final regulation (pdf)
|11 Jun 10||Regulatory Committee||Updated working document (doc)
|26 Mar 10||Consultation Forum|
|18 Jun 08||
eceee's comments (pdf)
|27 May 08||Consultation Forum (fans and motors)|
|Feb 2008||Study completed||
Final report fans (pdf)