Electrical equipment and the new low voltage Directive

electrical equipment

The European Parliament and the European Council have issued a new directive on the market of electrical materials. Specifically, the directive is addressed to the alternating current and direct current electrical equipment with rated voltage respectively between 50 and 1000 V and between 75 and 1500 In.

Directive Low voltage 2014/35/EU, published in the official journal of the 29 March 2014, wants to preserve people's health, safeguard the property damage and exclude accidents for pets.

The new features relate to roles,obligations and responsibilities of individual economic agents (manufacturers, importers, authorized representatives and distributors) that enter the EU market a new product or used, the latter also imported from a third country.

As regards the role of economic operators, the main novelty is regarded as all responsible for the conformity of electrical equipment placed on the market.

The directive assigns precise guidelines for each subject.

  • The manufacturer's task is to assess the compliance of the product.
  • The importer must ensure that the procedures for the validation of compliance of the material were carried out,should check for the presence of marking and ensure that the technical documentation of the product is available for the competent national authorities.

At a glance, distributors and importers are involved in market surveillance tasks for safety and invited to assist the activities carried out by the competent national authorities participating actively.

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