A new Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU came into force on the 19th of July 2016. Compare to the old Directive 97/23/EC there is neither change in the scope of PED (the Directive shall apply to the pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0,5 bar) nor in hazard category tables, but, in a meantime, there is an obligation for manufacturers to analyze the risks of pressure equipment. Besides this, distributors and importers are now included to the economic operators and have legal obligations.
The main changes of the Directive are mainly related to the restructuring, renaming and renumbering. Thus, some conformity assessment modules have been renamed:
There are also small changes related to the Fluid Classification. Fluid group classification will now follow the CLP Regulations 1278/2008 per 2014/68/EU Article 13. This regulation introduced a division and categorization structure for different fluid types, with the aim of clearly and accurately identifying and marking labelling and packaging for these fluids. The PED has been updated to recognize these new categorizations.
The fluid groups cited in 2014/68/ EU remain the same, i.e. 1 and 2. Fluid Group 1 still includes flammable, toxic and oxidising fluids, and Fluid Group 2 includes all other fluids not captured in Group 1. It is possible that some fluids may have changed groups but most will remain the same.
After the implementation of a new Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU the manufacturers of pressure equipment and vessels should review their CE marking procedures and documentations, where our team of experts can be in help. Beside this, we perform the following services:
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