Fabian Demicoli

Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulation

BACKGROUND      –     The existing Directive 1999/36/EC on transportable pressure equipment refers to Directives 94/55/EC and 96/49/EC for technical requirements.  Directives 94/55/EC and 96/49/EC have been replaced by Directive 2008/68/EC which incorporates the requirements contained in international agreements on transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways into Community legislation. 

 

The new Directive on transportable pressure equipment (2010/35/EU) reflects the changes in Directive 2008/68/EC and introduces clarifications on other aspects of the current Directive on Transportable Pressure Equipment (1999/36/EC). 

KEY POINTS OF DIRECTIVE

The obligations of different economic operators, including owners and operators of transportable pressure equipment are now clearly defined. The economic operators should be responsible for the compliance of transportable pressure equipment with the safety and market access rules.

Directive 2010/35/EU does not apply to transportable pressure equipment which was placed on the market before the relevant date of implementation of Directive 1999/36/EC and which has not been subject to reassessment of conformity. Where existing transportable pressure equipment not previously assessed for conformity with Directive 1999/36/EC is to benefit from free movement and free use, it should be subject to reassessment of conformity.

In order not to hinder transport operations between Member States and third countries, Directive 2010/35/EU does not apply to transportable pressure equipment exclusively used for the transport of dangerous goods between the territory of the Union and that of third countries.

Periodic inspections, intermediate inspections and exceptional checks of transportable pressure equipment should be carried out in accordance with the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC and with Directive 2010/35/EU to ensure continued compliance with their safety requirements.

Compliance of new transportable pressure equipment with the technical requirements of the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC and this Directive should be demonstrated by means of a conformity assessment to provide evidence that the transportable pressure equipment is safe.

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?     

Manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers and distributors.

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