The new PPE Regulation

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC was adopted by the European Council in 1989 and since that time it has largely remained unchanged. As it’s now over 20 years old, it was in need of updating to reflect current technologies and processes of bringing PPE to the market. The new Regulation has been published. With the new changes, we will keep you updated and we will support you through the transition. We will provide you with guidelines, useful information and training to help you make this as smooth as possible.

At a glance

What are the key changes of the new Regulation?

  • Moving hearing protection from Category II to Category III PPE
  • Moving life jackets from Category II to Category III PPE
  • Issuing a Declaration of Conformity with each PPE or at least a link to where it can be obtained
  • A compulsory maximum five-year certificate validity
  • Responsibilities outlined for importers and distributors
  • Bespoke PPE covered in the Regulation.

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