From 21st April 2018, PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 shall replace Directive 89/686/EEC.
The PPE regulation covers the design, manufacture and marketing of personal protective equipment (PPE). It defines legal obligations to ensure that PPE on the EU internal market provides the highest level of protection against risks. The CE marking affixed to PPE provides evidence of compliance of the product with the applicable EU legislation.
Equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person’s health or safety.
PPE products are classified into one of three categories, depending upon the level of risk associated with their use.
PPE covered by categories II and III require the product to be certified by a Notified Body (NB).
EU type-examination certificates will be issued for a maximum term of five years, after which the manufacturer must reapply to the Notified Body for renewal.
A new section that builds on the former PPE Directive places additional requirements on manufacturers. These relate to:
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