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New EN standard for rainwear available
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New EN standard for rainwear available

The latest version of EN 343 is now available. This March 2019 version differs in particular from its predecessors due to the possibility of a new, higher class for both the water resistance level and the water vapor resistance. This class 4 requires a water resistance of at least 20 kPa and a water vapour resistance (Ret) of no more than 15 m²⋆Pa / W. This means that only highly breathable materials with a very good water resistance in combination with well-constructed waterproof seams are eligible for this class. In addition, it is now also possible to assess its...

No need for run on new certificates
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No need for run on new certificates

After PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425, as a successor of the familiar PPE Directive 89/686/EC, came into force, there seems to be a run on renewed type examination certificates. Even in the cases where the manufacturer has brought a recently certified product onto the market, many customers require that these products are delivered with a 'new' certificate. Notified bodies, which already have the greatest difficulty to implement the recent legal changes in their procedures, will encounter even more backlog. It is therefore not surprising that there are major delays in the...

Guidance document on transition to new PPE Regulation
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Guidance document on transition to new PPE Regulation
PPE regulation

The new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 will come into force from April 21, 2018 except for certain provisions relating to notified bodies that will become effective earlier. The PPE Regulation replaces PPE Directive 89/686 EC. The European Commission has published a provisional "Guidance Document" on the transition with a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. The document contains a timeline and a list of references of relevant EU legislation. Download the document here.

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