LVD 2014/35/EU - Guidelines on the application of the directive - August 2018
These Low Voltage Directive Guidelines (LVD Guide) are intended to be a manual for all parties directly or indirectly affected by the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU (hereinafter referred to as ‘the LVD’), applicable from 20 April 2016, replacing the previous Directive 2006/95/EC.
This guide updates the first version of the “guidelines on the application of Directive 2014/35/EU of November 2016, that superseded the “guidelines on the application of Directive 2006/95/EC” of August 2007 in the last modification version of January 2012 This guide refers only to the application of the LVD (Directive 2014/35/EU) unless otherwise indicated.
Readers’ attention is drawn to the fact that this guide is intended only to facilitate the application of the LVD and it is the text of the LVD and the national laws transposing the LVD that are legally binding. However, this document does represent a reference for ensuring consistent and harmonised application of the LVD by all stakeholders.
This guide is intended not only for the use of Member States’ competent authorities, but also by the main economic operators concerned, such as manufacturers, importers and distributors and their trade associations;
bodies in charge of the preparation of standards as well as those involved in the conformity assessment procedures.
This guide is not exhaustive; it focuses on certain issues only, which, in the light of the experience, are of direct and specific interest for the application of the LVD. This guide should be used in conjunction with the LVD itself and with the European Commission’s document “The Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules” , which further explains concepts such as “placing on the market” and “economic operators”.
The structure of the LVD guide follows the structure of the LVD itself. Comments and explanations are given to each Article and Annex of the LVD. It also provides additional clarifications and information in Annexes VII-XI of this guide. For comprehensive guidance on horizontal terms and principles of EU product rules, the readers should refer to the “The 'Blue Guide' on the implementation of EU product rules”, as advised in these guidelines.
This guide has been prepared by the competent services of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) of the European Commission in cooperation with Member States, European standardisation bodies, European industry, European consumer organisations and other relevant sectoral stakeholders.
This information is:
- of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
- not necessarily complete, accurate or up-to-date;
- sometimes refers to external information for which the Commission assumes no responsibility.
This version replaces the previous version of November 2016.