What are the main changes in the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425?

- Jul 03, 2019-

Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC is replaced by Regulation (EU) 2016/425 since 21 April, 2018


What are the main changes in the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425?

Moving hearing protection from category II to III 

Moving life jackets from Category II to Category III 

EU Declaration of Conformity to be provided (or with a web link) with each product

5-year validity date for new EU Certificates

Responsibilities outlined for importers and distributors

Bespoke PPE covered in the Regulation.


As a manufacturer of hearing protection, ear-plugs moving to Category III(High risk product), it means that we need to have an On-going surveillance through testing or On-going surveillance through factory auditing by a EU Notified Body, we are choosing On-going surveillance through factory auditing.