The pressure equipment directive, sound engineering practice, and CE markings are all part of the European Union’s Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU (PED).
Following several directives that dealt with pressure instruments, the European Union instated the PED 2014/68/EU to set a common standard in design, production, testing, marking, and labelling of the pressurised equipment with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar for manufacturers and operators.
PED is both aimed at ensuring all pressure equipment, and related equipment, is safe for use across the European Economic Area.
The Pressure Equipment Directive provides a common legal framework for pressure equipment manufacturers across the EU. The directive sets the common standard in the design, production, testing, marking, and labeling of the pressurized equipment and consists of:
The least hazardous is SEP, and the most hazardous is Category 4. With increasing hazards, quality assurance during design, manufacture, and testing becomes more extensive. Following the quality assurance process, categories 1 to 4 will be marked with the CE mark. SEP products do not require the CE mark, it is also expressly forbidden to mark SEP products with the CE mark.
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The directive covers the following pressure equipment and accessories:
A few instances where PED does not cover pressure equipment even though they are designed within the limits include:
The key requirements of PED include:
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