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Low Voltage Directive (LVD) - reference documents


The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC is one of the oldest Single Market Directives adopted before the "New" or "Global" Approach. However, it does characterise both with a conformity assessment procedure applied to equipment before placing on the Market and with Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs).


Guidelines on the application of Directive 2006/95/EC have been put together by the European Commission services and other stakeholders (industry, national authorities, standardisation and other bodies). They are not law and do not take away the relevant responsibilities provided for, but explain in an understandable way various elements of the Directive.

Here you could also find documents and recommendations from the Working Group (LVD WG) and from the Administrative Co-operation Working Group (LVD ADCO) and Commission Opinions within the Framework of the Directive.


Unlike other Directives, the current text of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC does not require a mandate to standardization bodies nor do these standards require OJEU publication to provide for a presumption for conformity

Notified Bodies

A Notified Body is the body which may make a report in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 or give an opinion in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of Directive 2006/95/EC.

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