The European Parliament and the Council have adopted a new directive regarding the available on the market electrical equipment. Specifically, the directive is addressed to electrical equipment in alternating current and in direct current with a nominal voltage respectively between 50 and 1000 And between V 75 and 1500 V.

The Directive Low Voltage 2014/35 / EU, published in the Official Journal of the 29 March 2014, It intends to preserve the health of people, safeguard the damage to property and to exclude incidents for pets.

The new features concern roles,responsibility of individual traders and specific obligations (manufacturers, importers, authorized distributors and representatives) immettano that the EU market a new or used product, the latter also imported from a third country.

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

The Directive gives 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 have been carried out,must check for marking and ensure that the technical documentation of the product is available to national competent authorities.

In summary, distributors and importers are involved in supervisory tasks for the security of the market and invited to assist the initiatives undertaken by national authorities actively participating.

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