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Committees & Working Groups

AMDEA has two main committees: the Technical Committee and the Consumer Group, which are supported by a range of Panels.

The Consumer Group holds meetings at intervals to deal with consumer-facing issues such as the Register My Appliance Campaign and promotion of new energy labels.

The Technical Committee is currently meeting three times a year at the same time as the Small Appliances Panel and focuses on all technical aspects of our industry – mainly the legislation and standards related to safety, performance, EMC, chemicals and environmental impact.

The Spares and Service Panel is a separate group that meets regularly to consider after-sales issues.

AMDEA also has product-specific Panels that discuss issues specific to certain categories and other horizontal Panels which deal with wider issues such as WEEE.

AMDEA also convenes focus groups which cut across these Panels to discuss specific issues and/or consultation response that apply to the industry as a whole.

AMDEA also holds Briefing events and Workshops for members to which we invite external speakers.

Technical Committee

Chair: Karl Ullrich, BSH

AMDEA Owner: Paul Hide / Sian Lewis

2019 Outcomes:

Set overall technical priorities for AMDEA (Safety, EMC, Environment, Cyber security, standardisation, Brexit.) Identified technical solutions to mitigate fire safety risk. Work to improve statistics on fire incidents. Worked more closely with SLP. Built closer relationships with BEIS (EuP) and OPSS. Established closer liaison with BEAMA (Uk wiring issues.) Developed AMDEA position on cybersecurity. Contributed to AMDEA consultation responses.

2020 Priorities:

Achieve greater meter participation in standards development. Widen stakeholder engagement and relationships (e.g. OPSS, LFB, ESF. Defragging, DCMS, EST, WRAP.) Identify better sources for data collection (both members and stakeholders.) Ensure safety risk consideration is wider than fire risks alone. Continued into into EU Directives (via APPLiAa nd CEN-CENELEC.) Uk Governemnt engagement to identify areas of divergence risk.

Consumer Group

Chair: Ian Moverley - Whirlpool

AMDEA Owner: Paul Hide / Sian Lewis

2019 Outcomes:

Focus on RMA – New website and collateral pack developed plus RMA day 2020 proposal – Not implemented

2020 Priorities:

Three campaigns: RMA, Circular Economy, New Energy Lables/Energy Efficiency.
Pitch for RMA funding from OPSS, no AMDEA only funded RMA day. Member data on registrations captured via RMA (evidence of success is absolute requirement to secure OPSS funding.) Gather data on industry safety statistics with objective of building positive industry narrative on reduction of incidents.

Evaluate options for partnerships (e.g. D&G) that can maintain integrity of our message.

Collaborate with stakeholders on bid for WEEE fund grant to promote responsible recycling.

Spares & Service Panel

Chair: Steve Richardson, Fisher Paykel

AMDEA Owner: Sian Lewis

2019 Outcomes:

Updates to CoP documents relating to installation, customer service, keeping the product sold, plugs and sockets regulation.

2020 Priorities:

Workstreams/CoPs addressing service-based issues relating to: Health and Safety, Installation and Servicing, Vehicle Safety, Customer Experience and Mobile Communications. Increase stakeholder engagement via invited speakers. Hold meetings regionally to increase attendance and engage breath of membership.

Safety Liaison Panel

Chair: Colin Greenman, Electrolux

AMDEA Owner: Sian Lewis / Lilian Hunter

2019 Outcomes:

Debated fire safety issues relating to dryers, cooling and laundry – focus on progressing amendment to 60335-2-24 to improve flame-retardance /resistance testing for fridge-freezer backs. LFB reported statistics and anecdotal evidence one household fire incidents. Re-engaged with OPSS and Home Office.

2020 Priorities:

Current topics remain active. Increase LFB and other regional FRS engagement to improve data on fire incidents and data sharing. Engage with OPSS to ensure industry is seen as proactive on safety issues. Hold meetings in regions to broaden member and stakeholder engagement.