The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED - Pressure Equipment Directive - 2014/68 / EU) is a product Directive that became mandatory as of July 19, 2016.
It regulates at the European level:
Piping, safety and pressure accessories and all vessels subjected to a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0.5 bar, fall within the Directive's scope of applicability.
All pressure equipment must be subjected to an assessment procedure, according to the category in which it is classified, for the verification of compliance with ESR (Essential Safety Requirements).
The verification of conformity, especially for equipment that falls under categories II to IV, will be carried out by a Notified Body.
The PED directive is applicable for pressure equipment to be placed on the Community market, thus on all new production and moreover, when there is a substantial modification to a product already on the market such as to require re-evaluation.
All installations of pressure equipment subject to the PED Directive must be subsequently reported to ISPESL (Ministerial Decree No. 392/04).
Manufacturers of pressure equipment are required to assess and identify the level of risk, associated with the pressure, but not only generated by it, due to the intended use of the equipment they plan to put on the Community market.
The higher the level of risk, the greater the category the equipment belongs to.
The definition of the category of equipment is made by the comparison of the following data with the reference tables in Annex II of the Directive.
The equipment or the set of equipment is placed in the most severe risk category of those dedicated to pressure equipment, with the exception of safety accessories, which are automatically classified in category IV, which is the one assigned the highest risk.
The EC certification procedures for the PED Directives vary depending on the risk category of the general pressure equipment.
In case of proven low danger limits (as provided in Article 3, paragraph 3 of the Directive), affixing a CE mark is not necessary, and the product can be put on the market accompanied only by the information necessary for the buyer to properly use the equipment itself.
For classes I, II, III or IV, it is mandatory to issue the Declaration of Conformity and affix the CE mark, an operation that, for classes II, III and IV is authorised by the notified body.To be able to affix these, the manufacturer must follow, in each implementation phase, more and more demanding requirements with each higher class.These requirements vary based on the supplied product:
The service of pressure equipment and assemblies is addressed to the manufacturer (or its authorised representative in the Community)
The ANCCP Certification Agency is a notified body in the field of Directive 2014/68/EU (EC Notification No. 1131) and works through the CEC consortium, of which it is also a founding member.