Low Voltage Directive

What is the Directive?

The Directive covers all risks arising from the use of electrical equipment, including not just electrical ones but also mechanical, chemical (in particular, emission of aggressive substances), health aspects of noise and vibrations, and ergonomic aspects as far as ergonomic requirements are necessary to protect against hazards in the sense of the Directive. The LVD lays down 11 “safety objectives”, which represent the essential requirements of this Directive.

Products are presumed to conform to the safety objectives of the LVD where the equipment has been manufactured in accordance with a harmonized standard. Alternatively, the manufacturer may construct the product in conformity with the essential requirements (safety objectives) of the LVD, without applying harmonised, international or national standards. In such a case the product will not benefit from presumption of conformity and therefore the manufacturer must include in the technical documentation a description of the solutions adopted to satisfy the safety aspects of the Directive.

Who is the Directive for?

The Directive  applies to manufacturers consumer goods that operate within specific voltage parameters (50 - 1000 V AC and 75 -1500 V DC) who wish to sell their product in Europe.

What products do we test?

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations (LVD) applies to all electrical equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 V AC and between 75 and 1500 V DC. Plugs and Sockets are covered by separate legislation namely the Plugs and Sockets Etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No. 1768).

Broadly, the scope of the LVD covers consumer and capital goods designed to operate within those voltage limits, including in particular:

  • electrical appliances
  • lighting equipment including ballasts
  • switch gear and control gear
  • electric wiring
  • appliance couplers and cord sets
  • electrical installation equipment, etc.
  • electrical equipment intended for incorporation into other equipment such as transformers and motors 

Benefits of meeting the directive

By meeting the requirements of the Directive you will be able to sell your products into Europe. This is one of the ways that BSI can help you to access global markets, be compliant and to grow your business internationally.

Our commitment to service and expertise

Our testing service means more than producing a report. We’ve been experts in product testing for over 40 years, and with us you can be confident of the integrity of the certification and testing services we offer. Plus we provide innovative and efficient testing and certification solutions, saving you time and money.

Our certification managers, client managers, laboratory technicians and business development managers have a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the testing process and can help you every step of the way.