Electrical equipment for the extended Single Market in the European Economic Area (EEA), designed for use with a voltage rating of 50-1000 V AC and 75-1500 V DC, generally needs to meet the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU. The directive states that electrical equipment can only be placed on the market if it provides a high level of protection to the health and safety of persons, domestic animals, and property.
Products that fall within the scope of this directive are also required to carry the CE mark, and the correct documentation to support the manufactures declaration of conformity.
Low Voltage Directive requirements
Element provides the guidance and services a manufacturer needs to meet the requirements of the LVD. There are four key aspects that are required, and these must be in place before CE marking to this directive can take place:
- An analysis and assessment of the risks associated with the product.
- Product safety testing and assessments. Testing to harmonized standard(s) will assist manufacturers by offering a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements (safety objectives) of the LVD.
- Compilation of the Technical Documentation as required by the directive.
- Guidance on the completion of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC).
We offer impartial third-party support to manufacturers in all aspects of the Low Voltage Directive, from design advice, full product safety testing, Technical File compilation, and review.
Element can issue the third party qualification necessary to provide a vital market advantage and confidence in placing a product on the market.
For those that need guidance on the regulatory requirements for a particular product, we can provide a product certification advisory service to support them through the testing and approval of their products and components.
Low Voltage Directive guidance
Like all CE Marking legislation, the Low Voltage Directive is a legal text and requires some interpretation of its contents and application. As a result, the European Commission has issued a guidance document that provides clarification on how to apply the directive.
The Element advantage
As a Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) and a National Certification Body (NCB), we can test and certify your electrical products to the IECEE scheme, which has significant market access advantages, including reduced test costs and time to market. Element's Global Market Access team offers further services to help those looking to export their products into the Global Market place.
For more information about Low Voltage Directive services, or to request a quote, contact us today
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