BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 - Refrigerating systems and heat pumps. Safety and environmental requirements. Basic requirements, definitions, classification and selection criteria – BSI British Standards

BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020

Refrigerating systems and heat pumps. Safety and environmental requirements. Basic requirements, definitions, classification and selection criteria

Status : Current   Published : December 2016



What is BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 about?

This is the first in a four part series covering safety and environmental requirements in relation to refrigerating systems and heat pumps. The aim is to minimize possible hazards to people, property and the environment from refrigerating systems and refrigerants. BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 deals with basic requirements and classification and selection criteria.

Who is BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 for?

  • Heat exchange, ventilation and refrigeration manufacturing/servicing companies
  • Refrigeration system designers and installers
  • Food and beverage logistics companies
  • Medical supply companies
  • Fire safety providers
  • End-users of refrigerating systems

Why should you use BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020?

This European standard specifies 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 (including heat pumps) and the recovery of refrigerants.

It also specifies the classification and selection criteria that apply to refrigerating systems, which are then used in parts 2, 3 and 4 of the series.

BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 applies 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

-      Secondary cooling or heating systems

-      The location of refrigerating systems

-      Replaced parts and added components after adoption of this standard if they are not identical in function and in the capacity

You should use the standard because it:

-      Provides a simple route to meeting the requirements of various safety laws particularly related to Pressure Equipment and Machinery Safety

-      Simplifies entry to new markets and trade in general

-      Can help manufacturers accelerate innovation

-      Will help develop the expertise of users

 BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020 contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and wellbeing, Goal 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation and Goal 12 on responsible consumption and production.

What’s new about BS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020?

This amendment introduces the following modifications with respect to the 2016 edition:

a)       It updates the entry on “split systems” in clause 3 (Terms and definitions)

b)      It introduces modified conditions for the application of alternative provisions to annex C.3.1 (Alternative for risk management of refrigerating systems in occupied spaces)

It replaces tables E.1 “Refrigerant designations”, E.2 “Refrigerant designations of R400 blends” and E.3 “Refrigerant designations of R 500 blends” in annex E (Safety classification and information about refrigerants)

Standard NumberBS EN 378-1:2016+A1:2020
TitleRefrigerating systems and heat pumps. Safety and environmental requirements. Basic requirements, definitions, classification and selection criteria
Publication Date31 December 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 817:2014, EN 378-3:2016+A1:2020, EN 378-2:2016, EN 14276-2, EN 12263
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 60204-1, EN 16084, ISO 14040, ISO 13857, EN 60335-2-40, EN ISO 14040, ISO 12100, IEC 60204-1, EN 13313, EN 60335-2-24, EN 378-4, IEC 60335-1, EN ISO 13857, EN 60335-2-89, IEC 60335-2-89, EN 60335-1, EN ISO 12100, EN 14276-1
ReplacesBS EN 378-1:2008+A2:2012
International RelationshipsEN 378-1:2016+A1:2020
Amended ByAmendment, November 2020
Draft Superseded By19/30396147 DC
DescriptorsHazards, Refrigerators, Cooling systems, Refrigerating systems, Heat transfer, Refrigeration, Environmental cleanliness, Safety, Health and safety requirements, Heating equipment, Classification systems, Environmental engineering, Definitions, Selection, Heat pumps
Title in FrenchSystèmes frigorifiques et pompes à chaleur. Exigences de sécurité et d'environnement Exigences de base, définitions, classification et critères de choix
Title in GermanKälteanlagen und Wärmepumpen. Sicherheitstechnische und umweltrelevante Anforderungen Grundlegende Anforderungen, Begriffe, Klassifikationen und Auswahlkriterien
ISBN978 0 539 05028 8
File Size1.146 MB

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