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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.

More classes in future EN 343 standard
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More classes in future EN 343 standard
technical

The current standard EN 343 for rainwear for professional use dates from 2007. CEN/TC 162/WG 4 is now working on a successor. The market already has many years of experience with the current standard and there are still a few objections regarding the usefulness of some of the requirements and test methods in this standard. The fact that rainwear under the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 falls in category I for which no assessment by a Notified Body is needed, makes the reality of the classes of offered products sometimes doubtful. Surely, experts from WG 4 are aware of this situation. It is...

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