Standards & Guidelines


In early 2014 the European Commission published two recast versions of directives for electrical devices: The Directive on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC Directive - Directive 2014/30/EU on EUR-Lex) and the Low Voltage Directive (Directive 2014/35/EU on EUR-Lex).

Both directives were adapted to the rules of the New Legislative Framework. For example, according to Annex III of the New Low Voltage Directive the technical documentation must include detailed risk analysis and assessment. Additionally, the rules for tracing of products and liability of manufacturers and importers were tightened. Exact declaration of type designation, batch or serial numbers on all devices are mandatory to ensure matching with the technical documentation. Also, the name and address of the manufacturer or importer is to be shown on the products themselves.

The new directives came into effect 20 days after their publishing in the Official Journal of the European Union. For a transition period until April 20th, 2016 the existing rules of the obsolete directives 2004/108/EC (EMC Directive) and 2006/95/EC (Low Voltage Directive) are still valid.