Pyrotechnic Articles Directive 2013/29/EU

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The Pyrotechnic Articles Directive establishes the rules designed to achieve the free movement of pyrotechnic articles in the internal market while, at the same time, ensuring a high level of protection of human health and public security and the protection and safety of consumers and taking into account the relevant aspects related to environmental protection.

Reference Number: 2013/29/EU

Official Title:
Directive 2013/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pyrotechnic articles

Which Products Are Covered by the Pyrotechnic Directive 2013/29/EU?

This Directive applies to products that fall under the definition:

‘Pyrotechnic article’ means any article containing explosive substances or an explosive mixture of substances designed to produce heat, light, sound, gas or smoke or a combination of such effects through self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions.

Which Products Are Exempted from Pyrotechnic Directive 2013/29/EU?

The Pyrotechnic Articles Directive does not cover the following product categories:

  • Pyrotechnic articles intended for non-commercial use, in accordance with national law, by the armed forces, the police or fire departments;
  • Equipment falling within the scope of EU Directive 96/98/EC;
  • Pyrotechnic articles intended for use in the aerospace industry;
  • Percussion caps intended specifically for toys falling within the scope of Council Directive 88/378/EEC of 3 May 1988 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning the safety of toys;
  • Explosives falling within the scope of Directive 93/15/EEC;
  • Ammunition, meaning projectiles and propelling charges and blank ammunition used in portable firearms, other guns and artillery.

How to Comply with the Pyrotechnic Articles Directive 2013/29/EU?

Directive 2007/23/EC on Pyrotechnic Articles always foresees the involvement of a Notified Body.

Where Can You Find the Text of the Directive 2013/29/EU?

The text of EU Directive 2013/29/EU is provided here:


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