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FAQ - New PED 2014-68-EU Replaces old PED 97/23/EC

Now available: the new Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU – are you ready?

1. What is the Pressure Equipment Directive?

The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) (2014/68/EU) applies to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of stationary pressure equipment intended to be sold in the European Union with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0,5 bar. The new Pressure Equipment Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 189 on June 27, 2014. The new PED Directive 2014/68/EU replaces the old PED 97/23/EC. If you are a pressure equipment manufacturer looking to access EU markets, compliance with this new directive is mandatory.

2. What stays the same between the two Directives?

The basic principles of the PED have largely been retained. The new Directive includes minor changes in the scope of application and the conformity assessment tables. In addition, existing certificates will remain valid. All businesses looking to access EU markets for new equipment must be certified for and comply by this new Directive.

3. What is new?

As far as the new requirements are concerned, two dates are critical: Some parts of the new PED 2014/68/EU already came into effect on June 1, 2015, while other aspects came into effect on July 19, 2016. Since this deadline, the old Directive may no longer be used, and the new Directive must be upheld in order to receive CE marking.

4. What are New Requirements that are effective since June 1, 2015?

  • In addition to manufacturers, importers and distributors, the new directive now also applies to "authorized representatives from third countries".
  • The classification of operating fluids into hazard categories is in accordance with the new PED and thus GHS/CLP Regulation 1272/2008, and no longer Directive 67/548/EEC.
  • The declaration of conformity, too, must be carried out according to GHS/CLP Regulation 1272/2008. Decisive is Article 13 (classification of pressure equipment).

5. What are new requirements that are effective since July 19, 2016?

  • The new directive has been aligned with the New Legislative Framework – NLF. Against this backdrop, pressure equipment manufacturers will have to review their CE marking procedures and documentation again after 2015 and align them to the new
    structure of the Directive.
  • All economic operators that place new pressure equipment on the EU market must be able to provide the market surveillance authorities for a period of 10 years with details of the economic operators from which they purchased, or to which they sold, specific items of pressure equipment.
  • Manufacturers must carry out risk analysis instead of hazard analysis.
  • New definitions of some terms, modules and contents.

6. How is the Pressure Equipment Directive affected by Brexit?

If your Notified Body for the pressure equipment is located in the United Kingdom, it may no longer be compliant for EU standards. Achieving compliance and CE marking through a Notified Body for PED 2014/68/EU is necessary to retain access for these markets.

7. How can I gain access to European Markets and achieve PED compliance?

TÜV SÜD America can assist you in your pressure equipment needs. Our Industrial Technical Inspection Services group can provide all knowledge, auditing and compliance services to ensure that your pressure equipment will reach EU Markets.

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