As of April 2018, the new PPE Regulation 2016/425 repeals the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. The PPE Regulation has been introduced to harmonise processes and reflect current practice for developing and bringing PPE to the market in Europe.
April 2018 to April 2019, is the transition phase between the regulation being published and applied. By April 2019 all CE marked PPE products placed on the market must be compliant with the PPE Regulation.
The PPE Regulation is a binding legislative act and imposes clear and detailed requirements which must be applied in their entirety across the EU member states. The regulation applies to all forms of PPE supply, including distance selling, and seeks to establish high levels of health and safety practice, protection of users, and fair competition.
There are several principle changes which are:
3M’s Declarations of Conformity and certificates can be located by the links below.
The PPE Regulation recognises harmful noise as an irreversible health hazard. This puts hearing protection in the same level of high risk as respiratory protection and fall protection.