Personal Protective Equipment

Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment in the EU Market

Specialized clothing such as goggles, gloves, helmets or masks that are intended to protect the wearer from inherent hazards have a broad spectrum of applications from heavy machinery environments to sports. These hazards by may be biohazards, heat, physical, electrical, heat, chemicals or airborne.

Personal Protective Equipment Legislation

While the Personal Protective Regulation entered into force on April 21st 2018 and fully replaced the PPE Directive April 21, 2018; equipment that has a valid EC-type examination Certificate issued according to the old Directive may still be placed on the market until April 2020.


  • Non-EU based manufacturers should elect Authorized Representative (EC REP) in order to ensure their product compliance at all times
  • Higher risk PPE (Category II & III) will require the intervention of a Notified Body to obtain the CE Mark

Learn More

  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulation
  • Personal Protective Equipment Legislation