Directive 2014/68 / EU on pressure equipment

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Directive 2014/68 / EU

Title: Directive 2014/68 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 15, 2014 on the harmonization of the laws of the member states regarding the making available on the market of pressure equipment
(not official)
Pressure Equipment Directive
Scope: EEA
Legal matter: Occupational safety law , hazard prevention law
Basis: Article 114 TFEU
Procedure overview: European Commission
European Parliament
Come into effect: 17th July 2014
To be used from: 19th July 2016
To be
implemented in national law by:
Classification of pressure equipment: February 28, 2015
Complete: July 18, 2016
Implemented by: Germany
Product Safety Act , Pressure Equipment Ordinance
Pressure Equipment and Simple Pressure Vessels (Dual Pressure Equipment Ordinance - DDGV)
Reference: OJ L 189 of June 27, 2014, pp. 164-259
Full text Consolidated version (not official)
basic version
The regulation must have been implemented in national law.
Please note the information on the current version of legal acts of the European Union !

The Directive 2014/68 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the harmonization of the laws of the Member States concerning the provision of pressure equipment on the market (in German as Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), in English as Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) specified) specifies the requirements for pressure equipment to be placed on the market within the European Economic Area (EEA). It was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 189 of June 27, 2014, p. 164 and replaced the previous Directive 97/23 / EC on July 19, 2016.

Like all European directives , the Pressure Equipment Directive is addressed to the member states and it must therefore be implemented in national law by the individual member states. In Germany, this is done today through the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) - which replaced the Equipment and Product Safety Act that was in effect until the end of 2011 - and the Pressure Equipment Ordinance (14th ProdSV) based on it. The Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23 / EC at that time had been binding throughout the European Union since May 29, 2002. The classification of the pressure equipment according to the guideline is based on pressure and volume (for pipelines based on the nominal diameter DN) as well as based on the fluid group and the physical state.

For portable pressure equipment (e.g. gas bottles , pressure drums , up to tank containers ), however, the Directive 2010/35 / EU ( Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive , TPED for short) applies.

It is implemented nationally in Germany in the Ordinance on Transportable Pressure Equipment (OrtsDruckV).

The implementation in Austria takes place through the ordinance of the Federal Minister for Economy, Family and Youth on safety regulations for shipping containers - shipping container ordinance 2011 (VBV 2011).

Pressure equipment in the sense of this guideline applies

with an internal overpressure of more than 0.5  bar .

Not falling within the scope of the directive, among others

  • Pressure equipment consisting of a flexible envelope, e.g. B. Pneumatic tires , air cushions, play balls, inflatable boats and other similar pressure vessels
  • Bottles and cans for carbonated beverages intended for final consumption
  • Radiators and pipes in hot water heating systems
  • simple pressure vessels according to directive 2014/29 / EU

Most hose assemblies do not fall into one of the three categories for which a conformity assessment or declaration is required. That is why they do not receive a CE mark. According to Article 4 Paragraph 3 of the Directive, it is required that they correspond to good engineering practice (SEP).

To meet the minimum requirements, the manufacturer can apply a harmonized standard (e.g. series of standards EN 13445 for unfired pressure vessels, series of standards EN 13480 for industrial pipelines , series of standards EN 12952 for water-tube boilers , series of standards EN 12953 for shell boilers ) and can then assume this (presumption of conformity) that it meets the basic health and safety requirements. However, he can also apply other specifications (e.g. AD 2000 regulations , CODAP 2000, BS 5500, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME U Stamp )) if he can prove that he also fulfills the basic safety and health requirements Fulfills. This is checked by a notified body .

The Pressure Equipment Directive only specifies the requirements for the placing on the market (quality regulations) of pressure equipment. The operating regulations for the operator of pressurized systems ( systems requiring monitoring ) are regulated in the Industrial Safety Ordinance and the Technical Rules for Industrial Safety (TRBS) published for this purpose .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Directive 2014/68 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council , accessed on December 25, 2015
  2. Directive 2010/35 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 16, 2010 on transportable pressure equipment and repealing the Council Directives 76/767 / EEC, 84/525 / EEC, 84/526 / EEC, 84/527 / EEC and 1999/36 / EC
  3. 458. Ordinance: Dispatch Container Ordinance 2011 (VBV 2011) Federal Law Gazette . Issued December 28, 2011, accessed June 21, 2016.
  4. Information on the Pressure Equipment Directive (DGRL) 2014/68 / EU for hose lines , PDF (91 kB). In:; accessed in July 2019.