EEPLIANT3 Work Package 9 – Water Heaters & Storage Tanks

water heater edited Work Package Leader: Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate,The Netherlands
Work Package Coordinator: PROSAFE

Scope and Objectives

This work package is dedicated to a market surveillance action for Water heaters and storage tanks. The action is based on the EU regulation for Water heaters and storage tanks (EU)814/2013 on eco-design and (EU)812/2013 on energy labelling and the EU regulation for labelling of energy-related products on the internet (EU)518/2014.
The products covered can be classified as follows:

  • Water heaters using fossil fuels;
  • Electric water heaters;
  • Heat pump Water heaters;
  • Heat pump Water heaters with fuel driven combustion unit;
  • Storage water heaters;
  • Hot Water Storage Tanks;
  • Solar Water Heaters.

The central objectives of the Work Package are: 

  • Assessment and use of screening methods to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of market surveillance actions;
  • Checking whether the product model has been registered in the EU energy labelling product registration database EPREL and if the necessary documents are uploaded;
  • Checking product compliance based on document inspection;
  • Checking product compliance based on product testing;
  • Checking compliance for online labelling (dealers’ obligation);
  • Checking the presence of mandatory product information on manufacturers web page;
  • Feedback and recommendations from experiences with document inspection and product testing to support the further development of standards and legislation.
  • Identification of circumvention issues;
  • Impact assessment for the action.

Work Plan

  • Setting the focus of the action;
  • Product screening to enhance the efficiency of the action;
  • Document inspection;
  • Inspection of online labels and product information stored in the EPREL database;
  • Product testing;
  • Enforcement measures;
  • Impact assessment;
  • Digest of issues from inspection and testing.


10 Market Surveillance Authorities and 2 other organisations from the following 10 countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Please note that Portugal withdrew from this Work Package as of 31.07.2021.