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Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
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The Low Voltage Directive (Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits - LVD) deals with the electrical equipment placed on the EU market that is designed for use with a voltage rating between 50 and 1 000 V AC and between 75 and 1 500 V DC.

 

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Parliamentary questions, 31 December 2017, E-007952-17, Question for written answer to the Commission, Rule 130, Morten Messerschmidt (ECR), European Parliament

 

Subject: The Low Voltage Directive

 

Products manufactured under the regulations of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC must comply with a declaration of conformity to ensure consumers, and any manufacturers which process the product further, that the products are lawful and in compliance with the required standards.

 

These requirements are also incorporated into Directive 2014/34/EU on Equipment and Protective Systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, Directive 2014/68/EU relating to the making available on the market of Pressure Equipment and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU, but not in the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU.

 

This means that consumers and companies cannot be certain that products manufactured under the Low Voltage Directive are legal. An example of this is an HPFI relay, manufactured in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive, which is then incorporated into a machine or system manufactured under the Machinery Directive. Here the manufacturer cannot ensure that the final product is legal in accordance with EU standards.

 

Can the Commission confirm that the legal situation is as described above?

 

And if so, will the Commission take the necessary measures to correct this situation?

 

The objectives of the LVD are to ensure the safety of low voltage electrical equipment placed on the EU market and ensure its free movement.

 

The LVD 2014/35/EU replaced the previous LVD 2006/95/EC.

 

  

 

 

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Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits

 

Evaluation of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU (Ref. Ares(2017)5291384 - 30/10/2017)

 

LVD 2014/35/EU - Guidelines on the application of the directive, November 2016

 

Evaluation of the Internal Market Legislation for Industrial Products'' - Final report

  

   

 

 

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European Commission website on the Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:49
 

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