What is the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU)?

More commonly known as, the LVD has seen many revisions with the most recent coming in April 2016. The LVD covers health and safety risks on electrical equipment operating with an input or output voltage of between:

  • 50 V and 1000 V for alternating current
  • 75 V and 1500 V for direct current

It applies to a wide range of electrical equipment for both consumer and professional usage, such as:

  • Household appliances 
  • Electrical cables
  • Power Supply Units
  • Laser equipment
  • Certain components, e.g. Fuses

To claim your product conforms, you must affix a valid CE Marking to the product and produce a Declaration of Conformity backed up by a Technical File.

This is a simple overview of detailed and complex law.  You can download the original Directive here or you can visit the European Commission website here for more details or contact us.

Does it apply to me?

Whether it be for domestic, commercial or industrial use, all electrical equipment that falls in the scope of the LVD, that is placed on the market or brought into service within the EU, must comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

How do I comply with LVD?

If the LVD applies to your product, you are obliged to meet its Principal Elements Safety Objectives (PESOs).  You have the option of addressing either the PESOs directly or showing compliance with the relevant Harmonized Standards.  As most electrical equipment is comprised of familiar components and performs familiar tasks, there is almost always an applicable Harmonised Standard.  Direct assessment against the PESOs is very rare.

 

UKCA Marking

As of 2021,all products and machinery entering the UK market must show conformity to the new UK Product Safety Regulations. The rules regarding confirming or demonstrating conformity with the UK Regulations are very similar to those for the EU Directives. Find out more about UKCA Marking here or contact us to ask.

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How can Technology International help?

Technology International can perform industry leading assessments against European electrical safety standards, at either our purpose-built facility or in-situ at your company location. We have been assisting our clients to compile technical documentation (Technical Files) for over 20 years, and we can ensure that you have the required evidence of conformity with the LVD for the relevant authorities.

Once we have ascertained what service best suits your needs we can offer;

•    compliance consultancy
•    testing
•    training
•    compliance management
•    documentation support
•    technical support services

Our team of highly qualified consultants have over 20 years’ experience providing clients with efficient, cost-effective solutions that minimise the cost and resources of complying with both the LVD and the associated Standards.

Why work with Technology International?

Technology International’s goal is to simplify and guide our customer confidently through the complicated process of CE Marking and other Regulations from start to finish.

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