New EU Regulations Mean Changes to PPE Legislation

Top Quote The European Commission has replaced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC with Regulation 425/2016/EU. This requires companies working in this sector to be aware of a number of key changes to the regulations relating to PPE. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 19, 2016 - Regulation 425/2016/EU was approved on March 9, 2016, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on March 31, 2016. The directive will come into effect on April 21, 2018.

    The acceptance of Regulation 425/2016/EU has resulted in a number of key changes for manufacturers of PPE. The Key changes relate to:
    A re-definition of PPE to include products which were previously exempt. These include products for private use against heat - for example, oven gloves and mittens.
    EC Type examination certificates will be renamed EU Type examination certificates, issued under Module B in Annex V. These will remain valid until April 21, 2023, unless they expire before that date.
    Renewal of EU Type examination certificates should be submitted between 12 months and six months before the expiration date. SGS can advise on renewal depending on the product.
    A re-specification of technical file (Annex III) requirements.
    Categories I and III definitions have been refined:
    Category I now includes protection against several minimal risks
    Category III now exclusively includes risks that may cause very serious consequences, consequences such as death or irreversible damage to health.
    Category II, as above, contains products not included in Category I or III.
    In a new section entitled, 'Obligations of Manufacturers', the legislation unambiguously outlines the responsibilities of makers of PPE products.

    SGS provides a one-stop solution for companies working in the PPE sector. SGS can advise companies on how the changes in PPE legislation affect their business. In addition, their accredited laboratories can assist with testing, certification, and compiling technical files to help manufacturers remain compliant.

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    SGS's global network and experts provide a one-stop simple solution for PPE product compliance. Our accredited laboratories can satisfy all testing and certification requirements and provide assistance in compiling technical files and coordinate with Notified Bodies for application of EC type examination. Learn more about SGS's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Services (

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