The Directive: LVD 2014/35/EU

The Directive: LVD 2014/35/EU

The LVD 2014/35/EU (Low Voltage Directive) of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits is entered into force on the 20th April 2016 replacing the previous Directive 2006/95/EC. The Low Voltage Directive was one of the eight directives harmonised with NLF as a part of a so-called ’Alignment Package’.

The Low Voltage Directive ensures that electrical equipment provides a high level of protection of health and safety of persons, and of domestic animals and property.

Therefore, the Low Voltage Directive lays down the essential requirements to protect against hazards that could arise from within the electrical equipment itself or from external influences.

  • Chapter 1: General Provisions- Article 1-5,
  • Chapter 2: Obligation of economic operators- Article 6-11,
  • Chapter 3: Conformity of the electrical equipment – Article 12- 17,
  • Chapter 4: Union market surveillance and control of apparatus entering the Union market and Union safeguard procedure – Article 18-22,
  • Chapter 5: Committee, Transitional and final provisions – Article 23- 29,
  • Annex I: Principal elements of the safety objectives for electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits,
  • Annex II: Equipment and phenomena outside the scope of this Directive,
  • Annex III: Module A – Internal production control,
  • Annex IV: EU Declaration of Conformity,
  • Annex V: Time-limits for transposition into national law and dates of application of the Directives set out in Part B of Annex V to Directive 2006/95/EC,
  • Annex VI: Correlation table.

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