Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Introduction

Directive 2014/68/EU (the “PED”) sets out requirements relating to pressure equipment, in order to provide for a high level of protection of health and safety of persons, domestic animals, and property. The requirements include safety objectives for the design and manufacture of pressure equipment, labelling requirements, and the applicable conformity assessment procedures. The PED also sets out obligations of manufacturers, importers, and distributors.

If you manufacture, import or distribute pressure equipment, you must comply with the requirements of the PED. You must also comply with national laws and regulations in Member States, which implement the PED.

This material is for informational purposes and you should not take it as a substitute for legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel for any concerns about the laws and regulations related to your product.

What products does the PED apply to?

The PED applies to pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0,5 bar.

This includes covering vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories, including, wherever applicable, elements attached to pressurized parts, such as flanges, nozzles, couplings, supports, and lifting lugs. It also applies to assemblies, i.e. several pieces of pressure equipment assembled by a manufacturer to constitute an integrated and functional whole.

Examples of products that are covered by the PED: shell and water tube boilers, heat exchangers, plant vessels, industrial pipework, safety valves, and buckling rods.

There are a number of exemptions to the scope of the PED. Examples include: aerosol dispensers, items specifically designed for nuclear use, bottles or cans for carbonated drinks for final consumption, radiators and pipes in warm water heating systems, and vessels designed to contain liquids with a gas pressure above the liquid of not more than 0,5 bar.

Who has obligations under the PED?

The PED sets out obligations for manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers and distributors of pressure equipment.

You are a manufacturer if you manufacture pressure equipment or an assembly yourself, or have pressure equipment or an assembly designed and manufactured, and market it under your name or trademark or use it for your own purposes.
You are an authorized representative if a manufacturer has given you a written mandate to act on their behalf in relation to specific tasks.
You are an importer if you are established in the EU and you offer pressure equipment or assemblies for sale or supply from outside the EU into the EU.
You are a distributor if you make pressure equipment available for sale or supply but are not a manufacturer or importer.

What are the key requirements of the PED?

Declaration of Conformity and CE marking:

Manufacturer responsibilities include:

Ensuring that the pressure equipment has been designed and manufactured in accordance with the essential requirements set out in the PED, and if applicable sound engineering practice
If required, carrying out the applicable conformity assessment and drawing up the relevant technical documentation
If required, drawing up an EU declaration of conformity in a language or languages required by the Member State in which the pressure equipment is sold
Affixing the CE marking visibly, legibly, and indelibly to the pressure equipment or to its data plate, and to the packaging

Importer responsibilities include:

Ensuring that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacture, the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, and that the pressure equipment bears the CE marking
Ensuring that while an pressure equipment is under their responsibility, its storage or transport conditions do not jeopardise its compliance with the essential requirements

Distributor responsibilities include:

Acting with due care in relation to the requirements of the PED
Ensuring that while a pressure equipment is under their responsibility, its storage or transport conditions do not jeopardise its compliance with the essential requirements

Manufacturers and importers must keep a copy of the technical documentation and declaration of conformity for 10 years after the pressure equipment has been offered for sale or supply in the EU.

Labelling and information:

Manufacturers and importers must ensure that the pressure equipment bears:

For both the manufacturer and importer, the name, registered trade name or registered trade mark, and the postal address at which they can be contacted
The type, batch or serial number, or other element allowing the identification of the pressure equipment
The CE marking

Distributors must:

Verify that the pressure equipment or assembly bears the CE marking
Verify that the pressure equipment or assembly is accompanied by the required documents, instructions, and safety information in a language that can be easily understood by consumers and other users in the Member State(s) where is to be sold
Ensure that the manufacturer and importer have complied with the requirement to indicate their name, registered trade name or registered trade mark, and the postal address at which they can be contacted on the pressure equipment or assembly (or wherever not possible, on the packaging)
Ensure that the manufacturer has complied with the obligation to mark the pressure equipment or assembly with a type, batch or serial number, or other element allowing their identification.

Jeżeli informacje te nie mogą znajdować się bezpośrednio na urządzeniu ciśnieniowym, powinny znajdować się na opakowaniu lub dokumencie dołączonym do urządzenia ciśnieniowego.

Ponadto do urządzenia ciśnieniowego należy dodać instrukcję i informacje dotyczące bezpieczeństwa (zawierające informacje wymagane zgodnie z załącznikiem do dyrektywy PED). Powyższe informacje powinny być sporządzone w języku łatwo zrozumiałym dla konsumentów, innych użytkowników i organów nadzoru rynku.

What should you do if pressure equipment is not in conformity with the PED?

Distributors should not make pressure equipment or assemblies available for sale if they find non-conformance with the essential safety requirements set out in Annex I of the PED. If the pressure equipment or assembly presents a risk, distributors must inform the manufacturer or the importer to that effect as well as the market surveillance authorities.

Manufacturers, importers, and distributors should immediately take the corrective measures necessary to bring pressure equipment into conformity, to withdraw or to recall it, as appropriate.

When the pressure equipment presents a risk, manufacturers, importers, and distributors should immediately inform the competent national authorities of the Member States where it was sold, along with details of the non-conformity and of any corrective measures taken.

Manufacturers, importers, and distributors should provide a competent national authority with all the information and documentation, in paper or electronic form, necessary to demonstrate the conformity of the pressure equipment with the PED, following a reasoned request. They must also cooperate with competent authorities at their request on action taken to eliminate risks relating to those products.

Additional Information

We strongly encourage you to visit the European Commission’s website for more information on the Pressure Equipment Directive:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/pressure-gas/pressure-equipment/directive_pl

http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/33402