EU Directive changes in 2016

 

In 2016 several updated or recast EU Directives entered into force that impact many consumer and industrial market segments. These new Directives were a result of the New Legislative Framework to clarify responsibilities of both member states and responsible parties, as well as update the language in the Directives. Specifically the new directives set out to:

The alignment package consisted of the following eight directives:

In addition to the eight directives, there was aligned legislation that impacted seven other directives which included Pyrotechnic Articles (Directive 2013/29/EU), Toy Safety (2009/48/EU), Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2011/65/EU), Recreational Craft (2013/53/EU), Radio Equipment (2014/53/EU), Pressure Equipment (2014/68/EU) and Marine Equipment (2014/90/EU).

In this article we are going to look at the impact of the Low Voltage Directive, EMC Directive, and ATEX Directive which went into force on April 20, 2016. We will also look at the Radio Equipment Directive which went into force on June 13, 2016. We selected to focus on these four directives in this article because of the broad reach of these requirements on many of our clients.

Low Voltage Directive

The Low Voltage Directive was repealed and replaced by the recast or new Low Voltage Directive. For those of you who track these by the Directive numbers, the old Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC was replaced by 2014/35/EU. The major changes in the recast Low Voltage Directive include:

When is it effective?

How do you know if you are subject to the Low Voltage Directive?

What should you do?

EMC Directive

The EMC Directive was repealed and replaced by the recast or new EMC Directive. For those of you who track these by the Directive numbers, the old EMC Directive 2004/108/EC was replaced by 2014/30/EU. The changes or enhancements in language in the recast EMC Directive include:

When is it effective?

How do you know if you are subject to the EMC Directive?

What should you do?

ATEX Directive

The ATEX Directive was repealed and replaced by the recast or new ATEX Directive. For those of you who track these by the Directive numbers, the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC was replaced by 2014/34/EU. The changes or enhancements in language in the recast ATEX Directive include:

When is it effective?

How do you know if you are subject to the ATEX Directive?

What should you do?

Radio Equipment Directive

The Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive was repealed and replaced by the Radio Equipment Directive. For those of you who track these by the Directive numbers, the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC is being replaced by 2014/53/EU. The updated Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive is being referred to as the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). The changes or enhancements in language in the recast Radio Equipment Directive (RED) include:

When is it effective?

How do you know if you are subject to the Radio Equipment Directive?

What should you do?

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