FAQ on the Transition to PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425

PPE - April 21, 2017 - 0 comments

The European Commission has published guidance on the application of the new PPE Regulation. The ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document is preliminary, pending the publication of the new PPE Guidelines.

The new PPE Regulation is aligned to the New Legislative Framework policy. In addition, it slightly modifies the scope and the risk categorisation of products. It also clarifies the documentary obligations of economic operators.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) are products that the user can wear or hold, in order to be protected against hazards either at home, at work or whilst engaging in leisure activities. Statistics on fatal and major work accidents underline the importance of protection and prevention, for which personal protective equipment plays an important role.


PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425: visual representation of the transition period

PPE Regulations EU 2016 425 visual representation of the transition period


The FAQ will help answer questions relating to the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425:

  • Scope
  • Applicability
  • Manufacturer
  • Other economic operators
  • Making available on the market / Placing on the market
  • Obligations of manufacturers
  • Instructions and safety information
  • Provision of information and documentation
  • Contact details
  • Declaration of conformity (DoC) and manufacturer’s instruction
  • Obligations of importers
  • Language of instructions and safety information
  • Obligations of distributors
  • Provision of information and documentation
  • Harmonised standards
  • EU declaration of conformity
  • Structure and contents of the EU declaration of conformity
  • Products subject to more than one EU legislation
  • Products presenting a risk at national level
  • Three months’ time to raise objections
  • Compliant products which present a risk
  • Formal noncompliance
  • Transitional and final provisions
  • Essential health and safety requirements

The new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 is applicable from 21 April 2018, except the articles on notification of notified bodies, PPE committee and penalties which become applicable at different earlier stages.

Visit the EC’s DocsRoom to download the full FAQ: Guidance document on the PPE transition from Directive 89/686/EEC to Regulation (EU) 2016/425


Contains information published by The European Commission: © European Union, 1995-2017.


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