The new Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 29 March of 2014. Due to the large number of changes that had to be implemented in order to adapt the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC to the rules of the New Legislative Framework (NLF), the European Parliament and European Council decided to publish a revised version. The new Low Voltage Directive will be in effect as from 20 April 2016. Until then, electrical equipment that is compliant with Directive 2006/95/EC may be freely placed on the European market.
Major Changes in the new LVD 2014/35/EU
Among other modifications, the following amendments were introduced, for which manufacturers and distributors ought to be informed about:
- Testing modules produced for customer and application-specific purposes and used exclusively by experts for research and development purposes are now exempted from the Low Voltage Directive. (Annex II)
- In accordance with Annex III, the technical documentation must now include a risk analysis and assessment.
- In accordance with the newly introduced Chapter 2, manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers and traders are subject to extended obligations. With a view to traceability, stricter regulations are listed for all parties involved. For example, electrical equipment must bear not only the name and address of the manufacturer, but also a type, batch or serial number, so that it can be assigned to the technical documentation. In the case of imports, the name and address of the importer must also be specified.
- The requirements for the conformity assessment procedure were specified. Harmonized standards published in the Official Journal are to be consulted. Alternatively the safety requirements of the IEC standards, and if no IEC standards are available for the product in question, suitable national standards can be used.
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