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Keeping the noise down across Europe.

The EC Outdoor Noise Directive ensures your equipment meets specific noise limits – protecting the environment and ensuring you can trade across Europe.

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If you’re looking to sell products into and within the European Union, you can benefit from LR’s Notified Body OND status, global expertise in certification, and our ability to adopt a flexible approach to production schedules.

What are the benefits?

Wide scope

This CE marking directive applies to 57 specified types of equipment, the majority of which are mobile equipment designed for outdoor use. The directive applies irrespective of power source, and includes (for example) lawnmowers, generators, forestry and construction equipment. Equipment intended to be used on road, rail, air or waterways, and equipment intended to be used by the police or military is excluded.

Quality control

Article 12 of the Directive requires notified body involvement, e.g. to approve a manufacturer's quality control system. As an appointed Notified Body, LR has the expertise and knowledge to help you succeed.

CE marking guidance

Equipment in article 13 is not subject to noise limits but must still be marked with its maximum noise level. This equipment can be self-certified by following the test procedures and documentation requirements set out in the Directive and harmonised standards. Our CE marking guidance can help you achieve compliance.

Expertise of EC Directives

Both types of equipment covered by this Directive require a technical file, a declaration of conformity and the products to be marked with the CE logo. Uniquely, a copy of the declaration of conformity containing the noise test results must be sent to the European Commission and national governments of EU states in which the product will be sold. Our conformity assessment services ensure you are best placed to meet these requirements.

Need help with the Outdoor Noise Directive?

LR has a long history inspecting products and equipment to global codes, standards and regulations.

We specialise in management systems compliance including training, gap analysis and certification. We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision and leave no stone unturned to draw accurate conclusions for your organisation.


Why choose LR?

Global coverage

LR's global coverage and more than 60 accreditations, certifications and national approvals allow us to offer customers a one-stop approach to their inspection and certification requirements, from most manufacturing hubs in the world.

World leading

As a world leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, we offer you our experience in the construction industry. Our Notified Bodies possess the necessary competence and responsibility to assist during the whole process of obtaining CE marking.

Social responsibility

Your business helps LR to help others. The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.

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