August 27, 2019
Business today is more global than ever, thereby creating more competition in the marketplace. To be competitive globally, it’s critical to stay abreast of the latest regional industry standards. If you’re interested in European Union (EU) market access, the EU Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) outlines standards for the design and fabrication of pressure equipment used in the EU market.
Its purpose is to promote a level playing field within Europe and remove technical barriers to trade. It harmonizes national laws relating to design, manufacture, testing, marking and labeling, inspection and materials of pressurized equipment and requires compliance with what are termed “essential safety requirements.”
What is the Pressure Equipment Directive
The PED is European legislation covering the design, manufacturing and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar or 7.25 pounds per square inch. The PED affects most pressure equipment and assembly manufacturers that want to gain market access in the European Economic Area (EEA).
How the Pressure Equipment Directive affects you
If you design or manufacture certain types of pressure equipment for the EEA market, you will need your equipment certified by a Notified Body. It is important to find an accredited and trusted industry partner with extensive global expertise in pressure equipment and assemblies to achieve certification. Additionally, speed to market is critical to compete in today’s modern world. Manufacturers need to innovate safely, mitigate risk and access global markets. You can rely on our expertise to help you cut through the complexity of the process, minimize compliance and regulatory delays, and do it with quicker turnaround time - accelerating your market access.
How UL can help
UL is a Notified Body (No. 2052) under Directive 2014/68/EU and provides evaluation and certification for pressure equipment and assemblies. The conformity assessments are performed through various evaluation procedures that apply depending on the pressure equipment category.
UL can help streamline PED testing as an integral part of the U.S. certification test program which saves time and money.
The scope of Notification for Directive 2014/68/EU:
We have been notified for assessment and certification for the following:
- Module A2 – Internal Production Control plus supervised product checks at random interval
- Module B(P) – EU-Type Examination (production type)
- Module B(D) – EU-Type Examination (design type)
- Module C2 – Conformity to type based on internal production control plus supervised product checks at random intervals
- Module F – Conformity to type based on product verification
- Module G – Conformity based on unit verification
These pertain to types of pressure equipment and assemblies, such as:
- Unfired pressure vessels
- Portable fire extinguishers
- Refrigerating systems and heat pumps, including motor-compressors
- Cryogenic vessels
- LPG equipment and accessories
- Water-tube boilers and shell boilers
- Cookware and otherwise fired pressure vessels
- Power and process piping
- Industrial valves
- Pressure relief valves
- Safety devices and accessories
As a recognized third-party organization, we can additionally provide evaluations and certification of permanent joining procedures and personnel as follows:
- Qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials
- Qualification of brazing procedures
- Qualification welders and welding operators
- Qualification of brazers and brazing operators
For more information
The PED applies to pressure vessels, valves and other equipment that are designed for use in hazardous locations (HazLoc). Learn more about testing and certification for HazLoc.
The PED affects compressors, condensing units and other equipment for the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry that is produced in or imported into the European Community. Learn more about our HVAC services.