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PPE Regulation Update

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC is a key European legislation relating to occupational safety throughout Europe. The Directive is to ensure free movement of protective equipment and specify individual requirements that PPE must adhere to at the time of manufacturing and/or placement in the market. The PPE Directive hasn’t really been addressed since it was published in 1989. To reflect the newer and more current technology and processes used for development and distribution of PPE, the Directive will be superseded by a new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. This new Regulation will take on revisions that other Directives have received during the recent years, as well as reinstating the Directive as a Regulation. Published in the Official Journal on 31 March 2016 it will become fully effective on 21 April 2019.

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