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The 2018 Low Voltage Directive Guide: What suppliers of electrical equipment to the EU need to know

November 2018

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) is a longstanding EU product law. Specifying safety requirements for electrical equipment operating in the voltage range 50-1000 V AC and 75-1500 V DC, the LVD has been revised just twice in its 45 year legal history. The second and most recent revision was in 2014, and saw new legal obligations established for manufacturers, authorised representatives of manufacturers, importers and distributors. The European Commission subsequently published some provisional guidance to accompany the 2014 LVD but it was only in August that its new “LVD Guide” was issued. The 2018 Guide supersedes all existing LVD guidance and, for those businesses involved in the supply of electrical equipment to the EU, provides valuable official advice on scope, potential legislative overlap(s), and meeting legal obligations. This advice will be the focus of the webinar, so helping you to navigate the 96-page LVD Guide and use relevant advice to support your regulatory compliance management.

Presenter: Dr Alex Martin

Dr Alex Martin, Senior Regulatory Consultant, RINA

Alex is a technical professional with over 10 years’ experience working on product regulation, standards and policy issues in the UK and internationally. The focus of this work has been largely environmental, covering the likes of batteries, biocidal products, ecodesign, energy labeling, packaging, REACH, RoHS, timber sustainability and WEEE. Alex is also knowledgeable on a range of EU and UK product safety and consumer protection legislation (e.g. GPSD, LVD, PPE, toy safety, textile and footwear materials, product liability and guarantees) and quality, environmental and social compliance management standards.


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