The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 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.
It comprises of 11 safety objectives, and addresses 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.
When a manufacturer is satisfied that their product complies with the Directive then they must affix the CE marking on the product.
Work with BSI as your partner of choice to help to show your due diligence in meeting these requirements.
Who is the Low Voltage 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. No matter where you are located, if you are placing these products on the European market then you must comply with this Directive.
What does the Low Voltage Directive cover?
The Directive applies to a wide range of household and workplace electrical equipment operating on any AC supply between 50V and 1000V, or DC supply between 75 and 1500V. 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:
Power Supply Units
Components, for example, fuses
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
Why choose BSI to meet the Low Voltage Directive requirements?
As a leading provider of testing and certification solutions, we offer technical expertise 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 have a global service with world-class expertise and BSI is leader in testing and certification. With more than 270 technical experts located in over 100 countries, we provide some of the most extensive and efficient testing services, accelerating time to market and giving you a head start of the competition.
To find out more about Low Voltage testing, or for simple, straightforward technical information call our experts now on +44 345 0765 606.