Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

This Directive applies to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar gauge including vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories.

Not all pressure equipment is covered by this directive as The Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive and the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive both cover certain equipment and products which present a relatively low hazard from pressurization are covered by the Machinery Directive.

Who is the Directive for?

The Directive applies to manufacturers of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar gauge (i.e. 1.5 bar absolute).  This includes manufacturers of  vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories.

The purpose of the PED is to provide for a legal structure whereby pressure equipment can be manufactured and sold throughout the European community without having to go through a local approval regime in every member state. The means by which this is achieved is to ensure common standards of safety in all pressure equipment sold within the European Economic Area. Manufacturers are therefore able to meet the requirements for approval in any member state of the EU, and do not have to repeat the process when selling goods in any other state. 

What products do we test?

Typical examples of pressure equipment covered include: 

Typical examples of safety accessories include:

  • safety valves,
  • bursting disc safety devices,
  • buckling rods,
  • controlled safety pressure relief systems

and

  • pressure switches
  • temperature switches
  • fluid level switches

where these are used in safety related applications.

Benefits of meeting the Directive 

  • A complete compliance service on products including design assessment (modules B/B1), from fire extinguishers to major industrial installations.
  • An expert and dedicated PED team to support customers through every step of the certification process.
  • BSI’s experience helps customers achieve PED compliance with minimal or no interruption to production, inspections/audits and consideration to keeping your costs down.

Why choose BSI for product certification

Contact us today to start your journey to certification where we can help you to meet the requirements of the Directive.