The harmonised standards, whose references were published in the Official Journal on 16 February 2012, provide solutions for compliance and confer a presumption of conformity with relevant essential requirements of the PPE directive.<br/>
A new consolidated list of references of harmonised standards under the Personal Protective Equipment directive 89/686/EEC was published in the Official Journal C 45 of 16 February 2012.
These European standards provide solutions for compliance and presumption of conformity with relevant essential requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment directive.
However, the use of harmonised standards remains voluntary and manufacturers can choose whether or not to follow a harmonised standard to manufacture their products. Economic operators may thus go for any other technical solution but they have the obligation to prove that their products are in conformity with the mandatory legal requirements.