Re-writing the low voltage Directive
On 6 February 2004, the European Commission issued the version 5 of the draft revision of the "Low Voltage Directive" (LVD) - 73/23/EEC.
That version has still some open wording. Nevertheless, it will be submitted in 2004 to an extended impact analysis to determine the economical social and environmental effect of the proposed changes. Indeed, the latter are rather fundamental. If a good deal of those is only a wording more in line with the current wording of "New approach" directives, some new concepts were introduced:
No lower limit in voltage: all devices are covered from 0 Volt upward; A risk analysis must be performed for all electrical equipment concerned. However, applying the relevant harmonised standards will satisfy this requirement; "Benign electrical equipment" is defined as those for which the risk analysis has shown that they present negligible hazards. A "Simple conformity assessment procedure" is defined for them; Extended list of hazards and requirements to be considered, including the principles of safety integration, incorrect functioning, various fields, and ergonomics; Extended labelling and instruction for the installers and users. Click here to read the full text of the draft - Version 5 (English only).
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