Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2014/35/EU)

What is the Low Voltage Directive about?

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2014/35/EU) outlines essential safety requirements for electrical equipment operating with a voltage of between 50 V and 1000 V for alternating current and 75V and 1500V for direct current.

The Directive is aligned to the New Legislative Framework (NLF) policy and came into force on 20 April 2016, replacing Directive 2006/95/EC.

Comprising 11 safety objectives, the directive address all risks from using electrical equipment, including electrical, mechanical and chemical hazards, for example, emission of aggressive substances. It also covers health risks associated with noise, vibration and ergonomic factors.


Who is the Directive for?

The Low Voltage Directive applies to manufacturers of electrical equipment (operating within the above voltage limits) who intend to sell their products in Europe.


What products are covered by the Directive?

The Directive applies to a wide range of household and workplace electrical equipment operating on any AC supply between 50 V and 1000 V, or DC supply between 75 and 1500 V. The voltage limits relate to the voltage of the electrical input or output, not to voltages generated within the equipment.

Equipment covered under the Low Voltage Directive includes:

Where an electrical product satisfies the requirements of the LVD, along with the conditions of any other relevant directive, the manufacturer can affix the CE Mark, allowing them to freely circulate their products throughout the European market.

The Directive excludes:

  • Electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere
  • Electrical equipment for radiology and medical use
  • Electrical parts for passenger lifts
  • Plugs and sockets for domestic use

How we can help you meet the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive

As a leading provider of testing and certification solutions, we offer expert technical guidance and professional testing and certification services, enabling you to demonstrate that your products meet essential requirements of the Low Voltage Directive, plus any other applicable directives.

We can also help with the following:

  • CE marking – The CE Mark demonstrates that your electrical product meets the key requirements of all relevant regulatory requirements, entitling you to sell your products legally throughout Europe. Our knowledgeable assessors can guide you through all aspects of CE certification, helping you gain swift access to millions of European customers
  • Value-added LVD testing and certification – As one of the largest, most experienced certification bodies with more assessors than any other provider, we’re able to fulfil your requirements quickly and seamlessly. Our assessors also add value. Carefully matched to your industry sector, they’re able to apply in-depth knowledge and technical expertise, helping you identify and resolve performance issues before they arise, saving you time and money

To find out more about our Low Voltage Directive testing, or for simple, straightforward advice about the LVD regulations, call our experts: +44 345 0765 606.