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Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) are products that the user can wear or hold, to be protected against risks either at work, at home or whilst engaging in leisure activities. Statistics on fatal and major work accidents underline the importance of protection and prevention, for which personal protective equipment plays an important role.

EU legislation and PPE

Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment (the PPE regulation) covers the design, manufacture and marketing of personal protective equipment. It defines legal obligations to ensure that PPE on the EU internal market provides the highest level of protection against risks. The CE marking affixed to PPE provides evidence of compliance of the product with the applicable EU legislation.

As legislation based on the 'new approach' aligned to the new legislative framework policy, manufacturers or their authorised representative in the EU must comply with the essential health and safety requirements of the PPE regulation, directly or by using harmonised European standards. The latter confer presumption of conformity to legal requirements.

The PPE regulation guidelines (1st edition - April 2018) (6 MB) aim to facilitate a common understanding and implementation of the PPE regulation.

The PPE regulation is applicable from 21 April 2018, replacing the previous Directive 89/686/EEC. Guidance documents on transitional provisions are available as a common approach of the PPE committee working group, mainly based on the 'blue guide' on the implementation of EU product rules:

Relevant information

'Recommendation for use' (RfU) sheets

These 'technical sheets for coordination' report the common position of the notified bodies for PPE endorsed by the PPE committee working group:


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