Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC

In 2011 the European Commission announced that the PED is to be aligned to the New Legislative Framework (NLF) for the internal market for goods and Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Dangerous Substances (CLP) Regulation 67/584/EC.

This would result in a change to the number of the directive and the Annex III for conformity assessment but Annex I with the ESRs (Essential Safety Requirements) would not change

The Commission have issued an update.

The PED was to be included in the alignment packages alongside SPV and the other eight Directives. However, as well as the NLF deadline, the current CLP (67/548/EC) is to be repealed on 1 June 2015. The Commission’s baseline on CLP alignment had been no change to the current scope as the current fluid classification was considered adequate for hazards to be covered by PED. The Working Group on Pressure Guidance (WPG) has mapped the old classifications onto the new ones with as little change as possible. An impact assessment has not been carried out as there was considered to be little change.

During Commission inter-service consultation, DG Environment objected to the proposal as it felt that analysis of the impacts should have been carried out. The review proposal covers acute dermal toxicity categories 1 - 3, whereas the PED proposal only covers categories 1 and 2. It was considered that categories 1 and 2 were all that was required to cover hazards under the PED, but it has now been agreed to withdraw the proposal and to carry out an impact assessment to establish this.

PED alignment with NLF and CLP will therefore take place through a standalone proposal now expected in the second half of 2013.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 22


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