31 July 2019
BSI, the business improvement company, has been designated as a notified body1 by the Netherlands Government and European Commission for the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation having been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA) back in December 2018.
By achieving this designation, BSI is now able to assess the compliance of products subject to the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation out of its Netherlands notified body. Once these products have met the requirements, manufacturers can affix the CE marking, so they can be sold in the European Union and the wider European Economic Area.
This new designation follows the announcement by the Dutch Ministry of Health and European Commission in November 2018 that BSI had been appointed as a Medical Devices notified body in the country for active implantable medical devices, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. Then in January 2019, BSI was designated as an EU notified body for the Construction Products Regulation.
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI said: “This additional designation reinforces our strategy to continue and grow two product conformity notified bodies in the two geographies – the UK and Netherlands – which will benefit industry here in the UK and internationally.
“There is a straightforward process, which is primarily administrative, to migrate existing client conformity assessment certificates to the new BSI Netherlands notified body. This will provide our clients with stability and continuity of market access in the event of disruption linked to the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union.”
BSI is also in the final stages of application to become a designated notified body to the Pressure Equipment Directive and the Gas Appliance Regulation. We expect confirmation from the Netherlands Government soon.
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Notes to the editor:
1A notified body is an independent organization designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of certain products before being placed on the market. These bodies carry out tasks related to conformity assessment procedures set out in the applicable EU legislation, when a third party is required.