Per the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (EU) 2016/425, PPE is defined as:

a. equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against risks to that person’s health or safety;

b. Interchangeable components for equipment referred to in point (a) which are essential for its protective function (e.g. filters);

c. connection systems for equipment referred to in point (a) that are not held or worn by a person, that are designed to connect that equipment to an external device or to a reliable anchorage point, that are not designed to be permanently fixed and that do not require fastening works before use

The PPE Regulation applies to all sorts of PPE being placed on the EU market except for those:

a. specifically designed for use by the armed forces or in the maintenance of law and order;

b. designed to be used for self-defence, with the exception of PPE intended for sporting activities;

c. designed for private use to protect against:

i. atmospheric conditions that are not of an extreme nature,

ii. damp and water during dishwashing;

d. exclusively used on seagoing vessels or aircraft;

e. designed to protect head, face or eye as helmets and their visors used by drivers and passengers of motorcycles and mopeds.

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