Do products have to be tested to the European Standard?

Where there is an absence of an EN the PPE models can undergo EC Type Examination testing against a Technical Specification put forward by the manufacturer.  However, this must have been satisfactorily reviewed by the Notified Body as meeting the basic health and safety requirements of the PPE Directive.  Obviously, this is also subject to a recognised independent test house being able to test against the requirements of the Technical Specification being put forward.  

Where there is an EN standard but the manufacturer chooses not to comply or only partially complies with that standard, the reasons for so doing must be stated and justified by the manufacturer.  The validity of this justification shall be assessed by the Notified Body.


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