New EU Directives Have No Transition Period

In this article, Donald Sweeney and Bill Stumpf, correctly point out that the new EMC directive, Low Voltage Directive and Radio Equipment Directive do not have a transition period. Whenever the EU (European Union) publishes new directives for electronic equipment compliance, it sends waves through the industry. Remember when the EU first published the EMC Directive in 1996? We thought the world would end because our products had more regulations to meet. Well, we survived that shift and others that have followed. But, those directives had transition periods where your product could comply with either new or old regulations. Not this time. The EU has published three new Directives for the electrical sector, but this time, there is no transition period. The Directives affected are: RED (Radio Equipment Directive): 2014/53/EUThe new LVD (Low-voltage Directive): 2014/35/EUThe new EMCD (EMC Directive): 2014/30/EU. In my opinion, the reason there is no need for a transition period is the fact that these new directives do not introduce new technical requirements for electrical equipment. The changes in the directives are mainly related to the integration of the formulation of the obligations of economic operators as introduced by Decision 768/2008. In this Decision, the European Commission clarified what the responsibilities of the manufacturer, importer, authorised representative and distributor with regard to product compliance are. The Decision already is directly applicable, without transposition into national legislation of the EU Member States, ever since it was adopted in 2008.

Eight CE Marking Directives Get New Reference Numbers

CE Marking Directives, Regulations and Standards

On Saturday 29 March 2014, the European Commission has published the recasts of eight CE marking directives. These directives are aligned with the rules and responsibilities for CE marking that were published earlier in Decision 768/2008/EU. These eight directives get new numbers.

Yet Another List of Harmonized Standards for Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC Published

List of Standards

Within 3 months of the last update, the European Commission on Thursday published an update to the list of European harmonized standards that pertain to the Low Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC). Manufacturers of CE marked electrical equipment should if the standards they have applied for the CE marking testing or conformity assessment have been updated, or whether new relevant standards have been introduced.

List of European Electrical Safety Standards Updated

Electrical safety

Manufacturers of CE marked electrical equipment listen up: this week, the list of European harmonized standards that pertain to the European Low Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC) has been updated. This means you need to check if the standards you have applied for the CE marking testing or conformity assessment of your equipment have been updated, or whether new relevant standards have been introduced.

Innovative Design

I stumbled upon this YouTube video of a very innovative design for UK plugs: