Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Products need new documentation for sales in Europe

The European Low Voltage Directive, covering most electrical and electronic products for home and office use, changed April 20, 2016. As a consequence, your products need new documentation for sales in Europe!

Existing LVD directive (2006/95/EC) has been replaced by the new directive (2014/35/EU) without a transition period.

What do I need to do?

  • All Declarations of Conformity (DoC) need to be updated to refer to the new LVD
  • A risk assessment is required (more information follows)
  • Manufacturers need to put the postal address on the product
  • Importer's name, registered trademark, and postal address shall be marked on the product for imported goods.
  • Manufacturers, importers, and distributors need to maintain files over traded products that are available for market authorities for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Companies rebranding a product with their own brand becomes the manufacturer and takes over all manufacturers responsibilities, including creation and maintenance of a technical file

 

The new requirements come as a common change, covering 8 different directives, among them LVD.

The main objectives for the changed directives are*:

  • Improve the Market Surveillance
  • Improve traceability
  • Clarify obligations for manufactures, importers and distributors
  • Improve the consistency between the different directives

 

* Changes are in alignment with the New Legislative Framework, Decision 768/2008.
The Low Voltage Directive - 2014/35/EU can be found here.

Risk assessment

The new LVD has a clear requirement of a risk assessment, in order to define all risks the product may represent. It is also clear that only the use of harmonized standards can give “presumption of conformity”.

In practice the assessment is done through a series of steps:

 1.  Define the use and users of the product
 2. Identify possible hazards
 3. Evaluate if harmonized standard(s) covers all possible risks

  • If the evaluation confirms that harmonized standard covers all risks, the assessment process is concluded.
  • If the evaluation exposes risks not covered by harmonized standard, a more extensive risk assessment needs to be performed.

 

Risk assessment The European Low Voltage Directive

Get more information about Nemko's services here.

Associated companies:


Related news

Latest news

First phase of DNV GL led offshore cable and pipeline operations equipment joint industry project completed

The data analysed during phase 1 has identified and recorded various processes...

The end of the paper chase: DNV GL to roll out electronic certificates across entire fleet

Certificates are published on DNV GL’s customer portal immediately after an onboard survey is completed,

New Integrated Solution Set to Redefine DP Reference Systems

DPS i2 and DPS i4 utilise KONGSBERG's unique motion gyro compass (MGCTM) and motion reference unit (MRUTM) technology.

Servogear service hub in Asia

September 2017, Servogear announce the strengthening of our presence in Asia with the establishment of a service hub in Singapore.

New Machining Center In Fredrikstad

Jotne opened a brand new machining hall in Fredrikstad on the 20th of May.

Construction and Testing of 4 Caterpillar C280 Gensets Finalized

Jotne has together with thier client Pon Power finalized construction and testing of 4 Caterpillar C280 gensets in Jotne’s factory in Fredrikstad. 

DNV GL acquires specialist in CFD for fire and explosion analysis, ComputITG

With its roots in the offshore sector,

New land based contract with Sisomar

Sisomar’s philosophy is close to AKVA group’s underlying strategy to develop technological solutions based on good fish health and solid biology. 

Geothermal energy- an answer for selected areas in Poland

During the last weeks the experts have visited the selected sites in Poland and also been on a study visit to Iceland.