DS/EN 378-2:2016

Refrigerating systems and heat pumps - Safety and environmental requirements - Part 2: Design, construction, testing, marking and documentation

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Harmonized under:
  • Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast

  • Directive 2014/68/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment Text with EEA relevance

Harmonized standards:


This European Standard specifies the requirements for the safety of persons and property, provides guidance for the protection of the environment and establishes procedures for the operation, maintenance and repair of refrigerating systems and the recovery of refrigerants.

The term "refrigerating system" used in this European Standard includes heat pumps.

This Part 2 of this Standard is applicable to the design, construction and installation of refrigerating systems including piping, components and materials. It includes ancillary equipment not covered in FprEN 378-1:2016, FprEN 378-3:2016 or FprEN 378-4:2016 which is directly associated with these systems. It also specifies requirements for testing, commissioning, marking and documentation. Requirements for secondary heat transfer circuits are excluded except for any protection requirements associated with the refrigerating system. Ancillary equipment includes, for example, fans, fan motors, electrical motors and transmission assemblies for open compressor systems.

This standard applies:

a) to refrigerating systems, stationary or mobile, of all sizes except to vehicle air conditioning systems covered by a specific product standard, e.g. ISO 13043;

b) to secondary cooling or heating systems;

c) to the location of the refrigerating systems;

d) to replaced parts and added components after adoption of this standard if they are not identical in function and in the capacity.

Systems using refrigerants other than those listed in Annex E of FprEN-378 1:2016 are not covered by this standard.

This standard does not apply to goods in storage.

This standard is not applicable to refrigerating systems which were manufactured before the date of its publication as a European Standard except for extensions and modifications to the system which were implemented after publication.

This standard is applicable to new refrigerating systems, extensions or modifications of already existing systems, and for existing stationary systems, being transferred to and operated on another site.

This standard also applies in the case of the conversion of a system to another refrigerant type, in which case conformity to the relevant clauses of parts 1 to 4 of the standard shall be assessed.

Number of pages: 88

Published: 2016-12-07

Date of approval: 2016-12-05

International relationships : EN 378-2:2016 IDT

ICS: 27.080 - Heat pumps 27.200 - Refrigerating technology

Item number: M279810



  • CEN/TC 182
  • CEN/TC 182/WG 6

Danish committee


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