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Systems Engineering / Pressure Equipment: The final countdown: Green light for the new Directive 2014/68/EU (19.07.2016)

The manufacturers of pressure equipment and pressure vessels now have to check their CE-marking procedures and documentation and align them to Directive 2014/68/EU.

In a first step, the EU Member States had adopted and published the necessary legal and administrative regulations according to Article 13 by 28 February 2015. The associated measures have been binding since 1 June 2015 (application of Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on hazardous substances).

In a second step, the EU Member States adopted and published the legal and administrative regulations required for compliance with Article 2, Clauses 15 to 32, Articles 6 to 12, 14, 17 and 18, Article 19, Clauses 3 to 5, Articles 20 to 43, 47 and 48 and Annexes I, II, III and IV. The Member States will apply these measures from 19 July 2016.

While there are minor changes to the essential safety requirements, the fundamental safety philosophy of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) remains the same.

The expression “to analyse hazards” has been replaced by “to analyse hazards and risks”, but does not include a mandatory requirement that manufacturers need to opt for the quantitative approach of risk analysis. The expression “to analyse hazards and risks” aims at ensuring appropriate application of the essential safety requirements of the PED and the measures associated therewith are documented, and that any residual risks are described in the instructions manual and passed on to the user. The analysis is part of the mandatory technical documentation.

The scope of Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC and the conformity assessment diagrams will remain unchanged. Existing declarations and certificates based on Directive 97/23/EC will remain valid; manufacturers are recommended to change to the new Directive 2014/68/EU soon.

Effective immediately, the software update, including the required amendments to comply with Directive 2014/68/EU and the new guidelines, are available for download here

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To access the Directive in the netinforms library of regulatory acts, click here
Pressure Equipment Directive

And you can use the link below to access the netinform Guide, which provides a step-by-step introduction to the new Directive:
Pressure Equipment Directive Guide