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Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

Helping you CE mark your pressure equipment.


What is it?

The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED 2014/68/EU) is a European regulation that applies to certain pressure equipment and accessories sold in most parts of Europe.

The PED sets out Essential Requirements for pressure equipment and assemblies. They vary according to how much pressure, liquid, or gas the equipment is designed to contain. The PED does not tell manufacturers how to meet these requirements, allowing them the flexibility.

All equipment covered by the PED falls into one or more risk categories. After determining which category applies to your equipment, it has to comply with one or more conformity assesment modules which define the level of quality assurance and third-party involvement, including:

  • Product inspection, testing and certification
  • Material approval
  • Design examination
  • Type examination
  • Quality system approval
  • Approval of joining personnel and procedures
  • Approval of NDT personnel qualifications

The current version of the PED is 2014/68/EU, which took effect July 19, 2016. For more information about these changes, click here.

What we do.

Most pressure equipment must be certified by a Notified Body (NoBo), a third-party agency approved by an accreditation body. Lloyd's Register was the first NoBo to be accredited for the PED.*

As a global NoBo, we help companies gain PED certification around the world. Combined with our knowledge of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, we're well placed to help companies large and small with their PED work.

*All Notified Body activities are performed under the accreditation held by Lloyd's Register Verification Limited.

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LR Webinar: PED for subcontractors

How can manufacturers use sub-contractors in the PED compliance process?

If you need to contract out some of the work on your PED project, it can be done, provided you follow some guidelines.

Watch our on-demand webinar to get the details.

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