Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU provides essential requirements and procedures that all electrical equipment placed on the EU market need to comply with. It covers all the arising risks and safety aspects of the electrical equipment, ensuring a high level of protection of health and safety for the people, animals and property nearby.

The Directive applies to all electrical equipment used a rated voltage range of 50 to 1000 AC or 75 to 1500 VDC.

However, the following categories of electrical equipment are excluded from the scope of the Low Voltage Directive:

  • Electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere;
  • Electrical products for the radiology and medical purposes;
  • Electrical fragments for lifts;
  • Electric fence controllers;
  • Electricity meters;
  • Plug and socket-outlets for domestic use;
  • Radio-electrical interference
  • Specialised electrical equipment for railways, ships or aircraft;

Electrical equipment subject to the LVD are required to have appropriate safety protection against the risks of electrical shock and other electrical hazards.

Although LVD does not require certification by a Notified Body, Apave can support manufacturers to ensure their equipment in compliance with the electrical safety requirements of the LVD. In addition, we also can carry out the electrical test in the scope of the Low Voltage Directive and issue a test report.

Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU