On the 12th of August, the European Commission published a new list of European harmonised standards for the following directives:
The compliance assessment procedure of certain products with the Europeans standards, as laid down in their corresponding EU directive, may involve the notification of third-party, independent bodies. In the EU, such organisations are called Notified Bodies and their role is to evaluate whether the product complies with the relevant legislation in force.1) In this article I will discuss what the role and responsibilities of a Notified Bodies are.
The primary objective of the Pressure Equipment Directive is to guarantee free circulation of stationary pressure equipment within the Internal Market whilst ensuring a high degree of safety. It is now over nine years since the Directive entered into force and the European Commission is evaluating its performance. The evaluation is being conducted by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES). A report on the evaluation will be made available on the DG Enterprise and Industry website later in Autumn 2012.
As part of the Evaluation, CSES is collecting information from businesses and stakeholders about their perceptions of the performance of the Pressure Equipment Directive. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.
There are two surveys, one for businesses involved in the production/ use of pressure equipment and one for stakeholders e.g. notified bodies, government authorities, standardisation experts or bodies, pressure equipment experts or institution and other stakeholders.
Wednesday April 11 was a busy day for the European Commission. Besides the list of harmonized standards for the EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Directive (99/05/EC), the Commission also published updates to the lists of the European harmonized standards that pertain to the Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC) and the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (2009/105/EC). The standards on these list may be used by pressure equipment manufacturers to prove that their equipment complies with the essential requirements of these directives.