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EIGA : European Industrial Gases Association - AISBL

EIGA

The European Industrial Gases Association, EIGA, is a safety and technically oriented organisation representing the vast majority of European and a number of non-European companies producing and distributing industrial, medical and food gases.

EIGA is an International Non-Profit Organisation (AISBL).

The member companies closely co-operate in safety and technical matters concerning production, transport, storage and application to achieve the highest level of safety and environmental care in the handling of gases. EIGA also initiates the development of appropriate standards and provides standardisation bodies with technological expertise.
EIGA fully co-operates with all National Industrial Gas Associations and Regional Industrial Gas Associations around the world such as AIGA (Singapore), ANZIGA (Australia/New Zealand), CGA (USA), JIMGA (Japan), MEGA (Middle East), SACGA (South Africa), which are all associated members to EIGA.

EIGA’s Winter Seminar 2021 will go virtual on 27th and 28th January 2021

The topic of this virtual Seminar will be Behavioural Safety

The programme for the event is available here

Registration is now open.

All details (including price and practical details) can be found on ws.eiga.eu

This edition offers an exceptionally good programme. Because of its virtual nature and low registration fee, it is open to more experts than ever before. Don't hesitate and register today.

Oxygen eLearning

This eLearning focuses on oxygen safety – a key safety topic for the industrial gases industry. It is intended as awareness training for new and developing engineers, but it can also be used by a much wider audience, such as providing safety awareness information to users, suppliers and manufacturers. The training features knowledge and experience from EIGA members foremost experts on oxygen safety and is combined into an eLearning package that can be delivered to users at a time and place of their own convenience. Users can complete the whole package in one go, or dip in and out as time permits. The training also features a number of training videos to supplement and enhance the learning experience.

For further information on oxygen safety, see EIGA publications:

EIGA Doc 04, Fire Hazards of Oxygen and Oxygen Enriched Atmospheres

EIGA Doc 13, Oxygen Pipeline and Piping Systems

EIGA Doc 33, Cleaning of Equipment for Oxygen Service

Covid-19

This section will be updated regularly.
It was first published on 28 February 2020 and last updated on 26 October 2020

Members with sector-related requests around the COVID-19 pandemic can contact Philippe or Jan (*).  Upon discussing the request/matter within the EIGA community, EIGA will take appropriate action (sharing information, setting up a temporary expert group, escalate to the EIGA Board, …) and feedback.

The MGC issued a response on 21 October 2020, for the ‘’Weekly update from EU Industry Trade Associations on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the supply of medicines in the Union/EEA. Report to the EU Executive Steering Group of Shortages of Medicines caused my major events’’:

Our industry of medical gases meets frequently. As result of this week’s meeting, we like to communicate to the EMA that our industry does currently not experience shortages of medical gases to the EU market, nor a significant demand increase.

Still, we like to ask EMA to remind the national competent authority of our document BN25/20 (attached) on regulatory flexibility during this pandemic 2nd Wave and to maintain these requested derogations for the coming winter period.

 

How EIGA supports our industry to continue to save lives:

  • Briefing Note BN 27 (for members only) was issued to support the “Temporary Use of Equipment Not CE Marked as Devices in Medical Gas Service” during the pandemic for use in medical or breathing gas service.
  • EIGA published a Briefing Note BN 26 (for members only) on how to disinfect cylinders, to assure the safety of operating staff and drivers, but also users and in addition to obtain a sufficient number of empty cylinders to assure the supply to healthcare facilities and homecare services. See also the related Doc 222.
  • Issue a MGC Briefing Note BN 25 (for members only) with proposals for temporary derogation measures to support the continuation of supply of all medical gases to healthcare facilities and homecare services.

As result of the 2nd wave Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic EIGA requested an exceptional temporary derogation to ADR be issued to assist in the availability of pressure receptacles for primarily medical oxygen, but also to other gases related to the medical supply chain.
The derogation is granted via a Multilateral Agreement M331, which permits Countries that have enacted ADR into their national transport legislation to agree to a variation to ADR. It does not require that every country has to sign an MLA for it to be adopted in an individual country.
Technical Bulletin TB 37
provides explanation to EIGA members and others who fill the listed products in M331, what they should do and not do.

EIGA shares good practices, country implementation and status, actions our different members undertake, and other relevant information as provided by the National Associations and our members.

All EIGA meetings are changed to Net Meetings until further notice, but at least until 1 January 2021.

The EIGA Summer Session 2021 will be held in València (Spain) from 2 to 5 June 2021

EIGA, with "safety" in its DNA, could not but cancel the Summer Session 2020, in line with European and Member State recommendations, and in line with our member companies' travel bans and COVID-19-guidelines.

Valencia in 2021

It would be a pity not to enjoy the beauty of Valencia. Hence, the 2021 Summer Session will be hosted in Valencia (from 2 to 5 June 2021).

More to follow early February 2021.