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The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC is an important Directive in the European legislation relating to occupational safety throughout Europe.

The PPE Directive was one of the first New Approach Directives and is now over 20 years old. because of new technologies and better processes for developing and bringing PPE to the market, it needs to be updated.New EU Regulations are direct applicable in all EU countries, there is therefore no need for governments to incorporate EU Directives into national law.

Here is an overview of the Time Line of the New PPE Regulation:

End summer 2015:
PPE Regulation published in the Official Journal

End 2015:
Start of the 2 year transition period

Q1 2016:
PPE Regulation comes into force 20 days after publishing in Official Journal

Mid 2016:
PPE Regulation becomes applicable to Notified Bodies 6 months after the regulation comes into force

End of 2017:
End of 2 year transition period

End of 2018:
Full enforcement of the PPE Regulations

Note: All manufacturers of PPE need to be aware that any existing certifications they currently hold will expire when the Regulation comes into force at the end of 2018.

Change ahead
By starting to prepare for these changes now, you will be better equipped to handle the major impact of the new Regulation on the PPE industry.