Testing laboratory

The Austrian Stove Fitters‘ Testing and Research Institute (VFH) has since 1998 been accredited by the Federal Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth as a testing laboratory of the Republic of Austria. In 2006, the European Commission in Brussels also notified the VFH as a „Notified body – Test laboratory“. This qualification was bestowed on the VFH as Austria’s first testing laboratory for space-heating appliances fired by solid fuel.

One reason for the swift notification was the recognition on the part of the EU experts of VFH’s pioneering role in the field of European standards. For the industry, this means nothing less than a guarantee of the validity of the VFH test reports on the basis of harmonised European standards. Or, in simpler terms, a test badge from the VFH is in effect a „Europe badge“. This development can confidently be described as a quantum leap for the significance of the VFH. It guarantees the European recognition of all heating appliances manufactured and tested in our country – and thus essentially of Austrian tiled stoves.

As a testing laboratory it conducts tests on space-heating appliances of all kinds, from range cookers to inset appliances and even storage heaters.

For queries or for further information on the subject of testing laboratories please contact Jürgen Kollmann (E-mail: jkollmann@kachelofenverband.at, Tel.: +43 (0)1 256 58 85 – 15).