Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2014/35/EU)

What is the Directive?

The new Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2014/35/EU) has been published in order to align it with the New Legislative Framework (NLF). The directive came into force on the 20 April 2016 and immediately replaced the Directive 2006/95/EC without a transition period.

The European Low Voltage Directive covers all risks arising from the use of electrical equipment, including not just electrical ones but also mechanical, chemical (in particular, emission of aggressive substances), health aspects of noise and vibration, and ergonomic aspects as far as ergonomic requirements are necessary to protect against hazards in the sense of the Directive. The LVD lays down 10 "safety objectives", which represent the essential requirements of this Directive.

Products are assumed to conform to the safety objectives of the LVD where the equipment has been manufactured in accordance with a harmonized standard. Alternatively, the manufacturer may construct the product in conformity with the essential requirements (safety objectives) of the LVD, without applying harmonized, international or national standards. In such case the product will not benefit from presumption of conformity and therefore the manufacturer must include in the technical documentation a description of the solution adopted to satisfy the safety aspects of the Directive. We can provide technical assistance and testing services in support of your CE marking declaration.

Who is the Directive for?

The Directive applies to manufacturers of consumer goods that operate within specific voltage parameters (50 - 1000V AC and 75 - 1500V DC) who wish to sell their products in Europe.

What products do we test?

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations (LVD) applies to all electrical equipment for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000V AC and between 75 and 1500V DC.

The scope of the LVD covers consumer and capital goods designed to operate within those voltage limits, including, in particular:

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