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The European Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU

National implementation in the first Ordinance on the Product Safety Act

The European Low Voltage Directive 2014/35 / EU (LVD) regulates safety aspects for new electrical products intended for operation at nominal voltages between 50 V and 1000 V alternating current or 75 V and 1500 V direct current..

The LVD was transposed into German law by the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) and the first Ordinance on the ProdSG (1st ProdSV).

The text of the Low Voltage Directive was not completely translated into German, but was modified. The sections containing prescriptions for the provision and issueing of electrical products on the market are treated directly in the ProdSG. They apply uniformly for all products. Specific objectives of the LVD were implemented in the 1st ProdSV.

The Low Voltage Directive and the 1st ProdSV contain regulations with regard to all health and safety hazards arising from electrical products for use within certain voltage limits.

The first Ordinance on the Product Safety Act (Regulation on Electrical Equipment - 1st ProdSV) was published on 17 March 2016 (Federal Law Gazette I No. 13, p. 502), pursuat to § 8(1) of the Product Safety Act of 8 November 2011 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 2178, 2179, 2012, page 131). § 8 Section 1 of the ProdSG has been amended by Article 435 number 1 of the Regulation of 31 August 2015 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 1474).

The directive 2014/35/EU has been aligned with the New Legislative Framework. It thereby replaces the directive 2006/96/EC and came into effect on 20 April 2016. However, Directive 2014/35/EU keeps the same scope and safety objectives as Directive 2006/96/EC.

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