Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

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    If you design or manufacture pressure equipment, it is essential that you comply with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and select the right conformity assessment module for your business. At British Engineering Services, we offer a complete range of PED inspection, testing and certification services. They include:

    • Notified Body services
    • Particular Material Appraisals
    • Design and type examinations
    • Product inspection, testing and certification
    • Technical support on the correct module for your needs
    • Training on all aspects of the Directive
    • Permanent joining and Non-Destructive Testing qualification approval
    • Quality system certification (ISO 9001); and
    • PED certification of new, second-hand and modified products, taking into consideration the PED guidelines

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    Why choose British Engineering Services?

    As part of your obligations as a duty holder, you need to ensure that you work with a company that has the necessary experience and qualifications to competently complete the PED services you require. At British Engineering Services, our accreditations are extensive, we sit on UK and international standards committees & bodies. We have a team of technical consultants with a wealth of experience and knowledge in pressure systems. But most importantly, we are a fully accredited Notified Body under the PED. When choosing us you will benefit from our:

    • Highly-qualified Engineer Surveyors located across the country, meaning there's a local Engineer Surveyor available, resulting in reduced travel time fees
    • Access to our easy to use E-Report platform with your own personalised portal, giving you 24/7 access to all your reports and certifications
    • Technical knowledge and expertise like no other, based on the years of experience, recognised qualifications and hands-on equipment skills of our Engineer Surveyors
    • Industry-leading response times - giving you reassurance in knowing all issues & defects are dealt with as quickly as possible with your future inspections are carefully planned and scheduled well in advance; and
    • A flexible approach to scheduling your inspections, when it's convenient to you.

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    Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU

    The Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU is European legislation that covers all pressure equipment throughout Europe. The PED provides the legal structure by which pressure equipment can be manufactured and sold throughout the European Union without having to go through a local approval regime in every member state, ensuring common standards of safety.

    The Directive applies specifically to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar gauge including vessels, piping, steam generators, safety accessories and pressure accessories.

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    Who does the PED apply to?

    The PED applies to all designers and manufacturers, including importers and distributors of pressure equipment which is placed on the market within the European Economic Area.

    Some typical examples of the pressure equipment covered by the Directive include: shell and water tube boilers, heat exchangers, vessels, pressurised storage containers, industrial pipework. Common examples of safety accessories covered by the Directive range from safety valves, bursting discs, pressure relief systems and pressure/temperature switches.



    There are a number of questions that we are often asked by our customers. You can view some of them below. However, if you can't find what you're looking for, please click here to speak to one of our PED experts for their advice.

    What is the role of the manufacturer under the PED?

    While the PED 2014/68/EU introduces and defines the term 'Economic Operators', extending compliance responsibility across the whole supply chain, manufacturers still bear ultimate responsibility for the main safety and compliance provisions within the Directive.

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    What’s the Notified Body’s role under the PED?

    With the exception of 'Module A – Internal Production Control', all of the PED’s Conformity Assessment Modules require the involvement of a Notified Body. These help organisations achieve compliance with the directive and confirm this has been achieved.

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    What are the responsibilities of the Manufacturer and Notified Body under the PED?

    The responsibilities for PED conformity and supporting documentation is distributed between the manufacturer and the Notified Body. To find out what the roles of the Notified Body and Manufacturer are in detail, read our blog through the following link.

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    What are the responsibilities of the Economic Operators under the Pressure Equipment Directive?

    The obligation for the safety and compliance of pressure equipment and assemblies does not only lie in the hands of manufacturers. Under the PED, the responsibility for compliance extends to the entire supply chain. Find out which Economic Operators are held responsible for compliance and what are they actually accountable for in the following blog.

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    Can I self-certify PED equipment?

    There are various routes available to confirm conformity with the PED. The route applicable depends on the level of risk – which factors in the equipment’s pressure rating, volume and fluid content. The conformity method determines whether a Notified Body must be involved and whether a CE mark may be affixed to the product.

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    What are the latest changes to the PED?

    19 July 2016 saw the first change in the PED in 17 years with the implementation of the PED 2014/68/EU. The new Directive is aligned to the New Legislative Framework (NLF) and establishes identical technical requirements and regulations for all pressure equipment designers and manufacturers within the EU.

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    How can I easily determine my plant category and conformity assessment modules?

    Determining the correct Conformity Assessment Module and procedures for your plant and equipment is vital, but not straightforward to achieve. We've created an interactive PED calculator to help our customers achieve this quickly and easily. Follow the link below to start calculating.

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