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Low Voltage Directive Guidelines

New Low Voltage Directive Guidelines

In beginning of November 2016 new Low Voltage Directive Guidelines were published. As you remember the new Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU came into force on the 20th of April 2016. The main changes of new LVD are related to definitions and obligations for economic operators, reinforced activities of market surveillance authorities. The Guidelines explain the details and the changes of new Low Voltage Directive in easy and understandable way. They are not law and do not take away the relevant responsibilities provided for.

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Overview

  • The Guidelines have very good visual examples of products within or outside the scope of the Directive 2014/35/EU (Annex VII, page 73);
  • Besides the detail explanation of Directive itself, the Guidelines include the answers on Frequently Asked Questions (for example, Are components included in the scope?);
  • The Guidelines show very detailed the obligations of each economic operator step-by-step;
  • Different types of presumption of conformity are also well explained (presumption of conformity on the basis of harmonized standards/international standards/national standards;
  • There is a whole article (page 63) with a list of electrical equipment that are excluded from the Directive 2014/35/EU and with notes of into the scope of which EU Directive this equipment is included;
  • Annex VIII (page 78) describe the relationships between Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU and other EU Directive (Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Radio Equipment Directive 2014/35/EU, Gas Application Directive, Lifts Directive, ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC);

The new Low Voltage Directive Guidelines are intended to be a manual for all parties directly or indirectly affected by Directive 2014/35/EU. They are well organized and cover the certain issues which are of main interest for the application of the Low Voltage Directive.

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