European Directives
2006/95/EC - Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

The directive 2006/95/EC, also known as Low Voltage Directive, has the purpose of the free movement, within the European Union, of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits.

For the Low Voltage Directive as electrical equipment means any equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1500 V for direct current.

Regarding safety, the Member States shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that electrical equipment may be placed on the market only if, having been constructed in accordance with good engineering practice in safety matters in force in the Community, it does not endanger the safety of persons, domestic animals or property when properly installed and maintained and used in applications for which it was made. The Member States shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that if electrical equipment is of such a nature as to comply with safety matters in force in the Community, the free movement thereof within the Community shall not be impeded for reasons of safety.

As conforming to the safety requirements is considered the electrical equipment:

- Which complies with the safety provisions of harmonized standards.

- Which complies with the safety provisions of the International Commission on the Rules for the Approval of Electrical Equipment (CEE) or of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ), when harmonized standards have not yet been drawn up and published.

- When a electrical equipment is distributed in another Member State’s market, than the one that is manufactured, and harmonized standards or safety provisions have not yet been drawn up and published, the safety provisions of the standards in force in the Member State of manufacture, shall ensure a safety level equivalent to that required in the Member State market in which it is distributed.

Before being placed on the market, the electrical equipment must have affixed to it the CE marking provided for its conformity to the provisions of this Directive. The manufacturer must establish the technical documentation that ensures and declares that the electrical equipment satisfies the requirements of this Directive and must keep a copy of the declaration of conformity with the technical documentation.

The CE conformity marking shall be affixed by the manufacturer or his authorized representative established within the Community to the electrical equipment or, failing that, to the packaging, the installation instructions or the guarantee certificate so as to be visible, easily legible and indelible.

When electrical equipment is covered by other directives as well, which provide CE marking, the CE marking indicates that the equipment in question is also presumed to conform to the provisions of these Directives.

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2006/95/EC (LVD)