The GPSD 2001/95/EC (General Product Safety Directive) was published on January 15, 2004. In order to place products in the European Economic Area, distributors and manufacturers must comply with this directive. The aims of the directive are to protect consumers’ health and safety and to ensure the EEA functions properly in relation to this directive.
PPE Directive 89/686/EEC (Personal Protective Equipment Directive) was published on June 1995 and covers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is defined as “any device to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards”.
The European Parliament and Council Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys (“TSD” – Toy Safety Directive) was published on 30 June 2009 and entered into force on 20 July 2009 aimed to entirely repeal the TSD 88/378/EEC (Toy Safety Directive), Council Directive 88/378/EEC of March 3, 1988 which was published on January 1, 1990.
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The R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive) was published on March 9, 1999. It covers all apparatuses using the radio frequency spectrum and all equipment associated with public telecommunications networks, for example mobile phones and wireless devices such as Bluetooth devices, wireless network routers and car door openers.
EMC Directive 2004/108/EC (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive) of the European Parliament and of the Council was published on December 31, 2004 in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 390/24, and replaced Directive 89/336/EEC on July 20, 2007.
LVD 2006/95/EC ( Low Voltage Directive) of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 12, 2006 on the harmonization of the laws of Member States relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits (codified version) was published in the OJEU L 374 on December 27, 2006, p. 10-19. It entered into force on the 20th day following that of its publication, i.e. on January 16, 2007. The old directive 73/23/EEC was repealed on the same date.
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The revised Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC does not introduce any radical changes compared with the old Machinery Directive 98/37/EC but aims at consolidating the achievements of the Machinery Directive in terms of free circulation and safety of machinery while improving its application. Thus, the provisions of the new Directive became applicable on 29th December 2009.
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PED 97/23/EC (Pressure Equipment Directive) adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council on May 29, 1997 was published on May 29, 2002. Previously, manufacturers of pressure equipment could decide if the product would meet the Pressure Equipment Directive requirements or continue applying the existing national legislation. On May 29, 2002, the PED was made obligatory throughout the European Economic Area.
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ATEX 94/9/EC Directive – Equipment and Protective systems intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
The Equipment and Protective systems intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) Directive 94/9/EC of 23 March 1994, provides the essential health and safety requirements – leaving to standards developed by European standardization organizations their technical expression – and the relevant conformity assessment procedures before placing such equipment on the European market.
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The Construction Products Regulation (CPR 305/2011/EU), published by the European Parliament on 9 March 2011, repeals the Construction Products Directive (CPD 89/106/EEC) and enacts stricter rules on the construction industry.
The European Union (EU) is revising the framework for the approval of motor vehicles with a new Directive (2007/46/EC), which repeals and replaces Directive 70/156/EEC in order to have a clearer, more coherent text based on the principle of proportionality. The new Directive retains (in revised form) the majority of the provisions of the former Directive but also introduces some entirely new concepts and requirements.
Read more: MVD 2007/46/EC – Motor Vehicle Directive