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EIGA : European Industrial Gases Association - AISBL


This section will be updated regularly.
It was first published on 28 February 2020 and last updated on 27 March 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.


How EIGA supports our industry to continue to save lives:

  • Issue a MGC Briefing Note with proposals for temporary derogation measures to support the continuation of supply of all medical gases to healthcare facilities and homecare services. See here (for members only) and as picked up by the Financial Times.

  • EIGA has been working with national transport ministries on temporary derogations to dangerous goods transport regulations.

      • As result, UNECE ADR Geneva published (first signed by France on March 27, 2020)  M326 on “Periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles for the carriage of gases of Class 2”, describing for a limited time period and for certain gases, that closed cryogenic receptacles and pressure receptacles arriving for refill that have an expired date of periodic inspection and test, are permitted to be filled and carried.
      • Countries have been signing (since March 19, 2020)  M325 on ADR “periodic or intermediate inspections of tanks, and certificate of approval for vehicles in accordance”
      • The signatory countries have been signing M324 on “ADR driver training certificates and safety adviser certificates” since March 18, 2020.

    Or see down this list, for the latest status,

  • EIGA started working on a Briefing Note on how to clean or decontaminate medical 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 related Doc 222.

All EIGA meetings are changed to Net Meetings.

While this should not be noticeable externally, EIGA staff has switched to maximum homeworking.

We wish you and your families to be safe and in good health in these difficult times.


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 Winter Session 2020 - PDF Presentations (only available for delegates who registered to the EIGA Training Course and/or Seminar 2020)

For the delegates who registered to the EIGA Winter Session 2020, the Presentations of the EIGA Training Course 2020 and EIGA Seminar 2020 are now available in PDF format on

To be able to view the Presentations, please go on, and click on Login. You will then have to insert the Username and Password mentioned on the first page of your Training Course material or on your Seminar book.

Please note there are 2 different Usernames and Passwords:
There is one Username and Password for the Training Course Material and another Username and Password for the Seminar Material.
So you will only be able to see one set of presentations at a time: either the Training Course or the Seminar presentations.

EIGA Summer Session in Valencia is cancelled!

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

Thanks to all of you who registered! We will automatically refund you in full.

Most of you booked the hotel simultaneously with the Summer Session registration. EIGA will cancel these hotel reservations for you. No action is required from your side.

Please don't forget to cancel flights or other travel arrangement (or hotel if you booked your hotel separately).

A separate mail was addressed to all registrants.


General Assembly

By law, a General Assembly needs to be held. A conference call will therefore be set up at the same time as scheduled in Valencia (May 29th, 10h00-12h00).

EIGA will invite its membership to a virtual General Assembly by separate mail.


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 next year.

EIGA’s Winter Seminar 2021 will be held in Antwerp on 27th and 28th January 2021

The topic of the Seminar will be Behavioural Safety

Preliminary information is available in the flyer