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New European Regulation (EU) 2016/425

Thursday 20th July 2017


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On March 31st 2016, the European Commission published new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) legislation as Regulation (EU) 2016/425. This will replace the current PPE Directive 89/686/EEC which has required all PPE placed on the European market since 30th June 1995 to be CE marked.

During the last 22 years, hundreds of thousands of models of PPE have gone through the certification process under the current PPE Directive and millions of individual products have subsequently been CE marked and sold all across Europe. However, to continue placing these products on the market they will have to be certified to the new Regulation and after 21st April 2019 it will be illegal to place on the market any item of PPE that has not been certified to the new Regulation. The scale of this recertification task is potentially enormous and will require careful planning and managing to ensure a smooth transition and to minimise any disturbance to the market.

Topics covered

• Background / Current PPE Directive and EC Type Examination
• Regulation (EU) 2016/425, changes, obligations and timescales
• Chemical innocuousness testing
• Small focus groups on product standards
• Tour of test laboratories


10:00 Registration
10:30 Introduction to CE marking
11:00 The new PPE regulation
12:30 Chemical safety testing
13:00 Lunch*
13:30 Tour of laboratories
14:15 Focus group sessions
15:00 Finish
*Lunch includes refreshments and buffet

During the group sessions at 14:15, we intend to offer two product specific discussions (one for gloves, the other for fall protection) where you have the opportunity to talk to SATRA experts in these areas.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss another specialised area there is the possibility that this could be arranged. Please specify your preference for this session on the booking form.