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Personal protective equipment directive, PPE, 89/686/EEC

Ensure PPE compliance with assurance services from Lloyd’s Register.

We provide a quick and efficient certification service for manufacturers of personal protective equipment


PPE applies to any device or appliance that is worn or held as a protection against one or more hazards, and covers equipment intended to provide protection for the head, eyes and face, respiratory system, hands and arms, trunk and abdomen, hearing, or whole body. It also applies to any personal protective equipment to protect against a fall from height.

Compliance to the PPE Directive is a regulatory requirement for those organisations designing or manufacturing within the European Economic Area.

There is a two-year transition period from 21st April 2016 for Member States and Notified Bodies to prepare for the new Regulation, so the new (EU) 2016/425 PPE Regulation applies from the 21st April 2018.

Companies can continue to CE mark product to the old 89/686/EEC PPE Directive until April 2019.

What we offer

LR is a recognised and respected notified body for Personal Protective Equipment Directive.   We are able to provide conformity assessment and certification services to Article 11B of the Directive (Production Quality Assurance) for the product groups listed above.

What are the benefits?

Licence to operate and competitive advantage
Apart from being a mandatory standard for personal protection equipment manufacturers, PPE certification adds business value in terms of industry reputation and client acquisition. 

No business disruption
For the small to medium business, our assessment and certification service is designed to cause minimal disruption to your ongoing business operation.

Why choose LR?

Our considerable expertise in European Community directives means that we are at the forefront of compliance and certification.  We help you define a clear, achievable path towards certification, as well as guidance on continuing progression towards additional safety and compliance standards.

Your business helps LR to help others
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports 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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