Mains powered electrical equipment / electronic products placed on the market in the EU must be designed and manufactured in accordance with the CE marking requirements of the Low Voltage Directive LVD 2014/35/EU.
The European Commission is currently undertaking a Public Consultation Exercise to evaluate whether the Low Voltage Directive is fit for purpose in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value. The general public (consumers, users of electrical products, economic operators, public authorities) are invited to contribute to the consultation by filling in this online questionnaire before 4th April 2019. Stakeholders (manufacturers, distributors, importers etc) are invited to contribute their opinions via the Low Voltage Directive Stakeholder Survey until 31st January 2019, particularly focusing on how this Directive relates to other legislation such as the Radio Equipment Directive, Machinery Directive and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. CircuitWorx engineers have already their say!
When designing a new electronic product it is important to consider all the regulatory and health and safety requirements early in the design process – too often these aspects are only considered as an afterthought once working prototypes have been made, which can lead to a costly redesign if the product doesn’t meet the legislative requirements. CircuitWorx can help you understand what the CE marking requirements are for your product and ensure they are considered appropriately throughout the product development life-cycle; do get in touch if you need help with designing your electronic product and getting it market-ready.
(Note that even after Brexit, products sold in the UK will still have to comply with these same requirements, as the Directive has been transposed into UK law under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016. Further guidance on the UK’s regulations implementing the current Directive, including obligations for manufacturers, importers, and distributors, has been issued by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.)