PPE Directive/New Regulation
Products designed and manufactured to protect the wearer against health and life hazards are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). To harmonize product requirements and to minimize trade barriers throughout the European Union, the products are regulated by Council directive 89/686/EEC. The directive contains essential health and safety requirements including assessment procedures for a product to enter the market and therefore eligible to carry the CE mark. This directive will be replaced by Regulation 2016/425. A regulation, as opposed to a directive, does not need to be transposed through national parliaments to take effect. The highlights and practical implication and timeline for this new regulation to take effect is as follows:
- April 2016: New regulation is published
- April 2018: Old directive is withdrawn
- April 2018: New regulation is taking effect
- April 2019: All manufacturer’s instructions must be to new regulation
- April 2023: All undated certificates previously issued by notified bodies are invalid.