The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC is one of the oldest Single Market Directives. It covers the conformity assessment procedure applied to equipment before placing on the Market and Essential Health and Safety Requirements which such equipment must meet either directly or by means of harmonised standards.
The LVD ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens and enjoys a Single Market in the European Union. For most electrical equipment, the health aspects of emissions of electromagnetic fields are also under the domain of the Low Voltage Directive.
As of 20th April 2016, the Directive 2006/95/EC will be repealed by the new LVD Directive 2014/35/EU.This directive is aligned to the New Legislative Framework policy.
The reasons behind this recast are:
- Clarify the definitions and obligations related to manufacturer and importer;
- Improved measures to trace back the supply chain of product, and enhance the market surveillance activity.
Main changes included:
- The scope now includes the protection of health of people, animals, and property;
- Intervention of a Notified Body is no longer required;
- Market surveillance procedures have been added;
- The technical documentation must now include a risk analysis and assessment;
- Manufacturers, Authorized Representatives, Importers and Traders are subject to extended obligations.
With more than 29 years of experience in providing European Authorized Representative and EU Regulations advisory services, Obelis has the necessary expertise to guide you through the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive.
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