Applying to the vast majority of electrical equipment in everyday use in the EU, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU 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 and domestic animals and property. It is required to CE Mark products that fall within the scope of this Directive and this must be supported by the correct documentation.
Element’s Product Safety Testing can provide all the services a manufacturer needs to meet the requirements of the LVD. There are four key aspects which are required and these must be in place before CE marking to this Directive can take place:
- A Risk Assessment of the hazards associated with the product and environment
- Product Safety Test/Assessments to harmonized standard(s) to benefit from a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements (safety objectives) of the LVD
- Compilation of a Technical File
- Completion of a Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
Safety testing for the LVD
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 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 Early Stage Qualification (ESQ®) services to support them through the testing and approval of their products and components.
Low Voltage Directive Guidance
Like all CE Marking directives, the Low Voltage Directive is a legal instrument and requires some interpretation on its contents and application. As a result the European Commission has issued a guidance document that provides clarification on when and how to apply the directive, and other important aspects, to ensure that any ambiguity is reduced (or eliminated).
Further safety certification services
As a Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) and a National Certification Body (NCB) under the IECEE scheme, we can test and certify your electrical products to the IECEE certification scheme (link), which has significant market access advantages including reduce test costs and time to market.
Element's Global Approvals team provide further services to help those looking to export their products into the Global Market place.
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