The new European Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and EMC Directive becoming effective 20 April 2016

The European Low Voltage Directive (LVD), covering most electrical and electronic products for home and office use will be changed 20 April this year. The existing LVD (2006/95/EC) will then be replaced by the new LVD (2014/35/EU) without a transitional period. Likewise, the existing EMC directive will changed into the new EMC directive (2014/30/EU).

The scope and essential safety requirements will remain the same.
The changes are for alignment with the New Legislative Framework (Decision 768/2008). Thus, the LVD and the EMC directives are two out of eight different European directivesis one of 8 different European directives being subject to common changes with the following basic objectives:

•  Improve the efficiency of market surveillance
•  improve traceability of product origin
•  Clarify the respective obligations of manufactures, importers and distributors
•  Improve consistency between the different directives

In short, the new requirements entail the following:
•  All Declarations of Conformity (DoCs) need to be updated with reference to the new directives.
•  A risk assessment is required.
•  The manufacturer’s postal address shall appear on the product
•  On imported products, the importers name, registered trademark and postal address shall appear on the product.
•  Manufacturers, importers and distributors need to maintain the technical files for minimum 10 years.
•  A company rebranding a product with own brand takes over all the manufacturer's responsibilities.

The full text of the new Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) can be found on here, and the new EMC directive here.

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