What is LVD?
The LVD is the EU Low Voltage Directive. It applies to electrical equipment with certain voltage limits (between 50 and 1.000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1.500 V for direct current). Its purpose is to protect from health and safety risks of electrical equipment. It covers products such as appliances, cables, chargers, laser equipment, etc.
What are the main requirements for products covered under the LVD?
Products covered by the Low Voltage Directive must follow the compliance path stated under Article 8 and Annex III. This requires that the manufacturer, among others:
- Provides appropriate technical documentation and follows several requirements on the manufacturing process.
- Appoints a European Authorised Representative (EAR) is
- Affix the CE marking on LVD products.
National requirements may apply on top of the requirements set in the Low Voltage Directive.