ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Manufacturers must conform to the requirements of the “Directive 2014/35/EU Relating to Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits” to ensure a high level of protection for people, animals and environment, and for placing their products on the market.

In times when there was no information of electricity, people were only aware of its’ shock effect through the electric fish. Egyptian papyrus writings dating from 2750 BC, name this fish as “Thunderers of the Nile” and describe them as the “protectors” of other fish.

And now manufacturers must conform to the requirements of the “Directive 2014/35/EU Relating to Electrical Equipment Designed for Use within Certain Voltage Limits” to ensure a high level of protection for people, animals and environment, and for placing their products on the market.

This Directive applies to to electrical 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. Like in other EU directives, products within the scope of this directive must conform with the essential safety requirements in the Annex and manufacturers must establish the Technical Documentation. The documentation must make it possible to assess the electrical equipment’s conformity to the relevant requirements.

With regard to such assessments, the technical documentation must contain the following elements on the design, manufacture and operation of the electrical equipment:

  • A general description of the electrical equipment,
  • Conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits, etc.,
  • Descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes and the operation of the electrical equipment,
  • A list of the standards applied in full or in part. Where standards have not been applied, descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the safety objectives of this Directive,
  • Results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc.,
  • Test reports.

The manufacturer or the authorised representative must keep the technical documentation and a copy of the EU declaration of conformity.

The manufacturer takes all required actions to ensure the conformity of the electrical equipment with the technical documentation mentioned in Parafgraph 2 of the Annex and the requirements of the Directive.

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