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Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC Testing & Certification

Keeping equipment within acceptable noise limits

Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC Testing & Certification

Keeping equipment within acceptable noise limits

Outdoor Noise Directive in the European Union

The objective of the Outdoor Noise Directive (OND) is to improve the control of noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors. The directive, which was adopted on July 3, 2000, and covers a wide range of products.

How Your Business is Affected

The OND covers a wide range of products including (but not limited to):

  • Construction Equipment
  • Lift Trucks
  • Cranes
  • Garden Equipment
  • Generators
  • Compressors

The EU Noise Directive applies to 57 types of equipment, each defined in Annex I and listed either in Article 12, or Article 13, of the Directive. Equipment listed in Article 12 is subject to noise limits and the involvement of a Notified Body is mandatory.

All equipment outlined in the Noise Directive must bear the CE Marking to demonstrate compliance to the Directive. European Union member states must allow equipment bearing the CE Marking to enter their markets, fulfilling the European Union’s mandate of free movement of goods and services within its boundaries. If you manufacture equipment under these specifications with the intention of sending them to the EU, compliance is mandatory.

Your Trusted Expert

TÜV SÜD is a Notified Body. A Notified Body can help you legally place your equipment on the market and help you achieve compliance in international markets.

Equipment listed in article 12 cannot be legally placed on the market without a Notified Body certification. Equipment not subject to sound power level limitation is listed in Article 13, where TÜV SÜD can act as a third party for measurement, or as a consultant – providing needed expertise.

Partnering with TÜV SÜD will ensure that your products comply with the requirements of EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC.


TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety and sustainability solutions provider that specializes in assessment, testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training and knowledge services. Our Industrial Technical Inspection Services group offer comprehensive testing and certification services to help you meet international requirements in order to bring products to market. Represented in over 1,000 locations worldwide, we hold accreditations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. By delivering objective solutions to our customers, we add tangible value to businesses, consumers and the environment.


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All equipment outlined in the OND must bear the CE Marking to demonstrate compliance to the Directive

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