Accredited and notified bodies in the product sector of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are tested at regular intervals and, if the test is successful, are granted renewed approval for accreditation and notification. The Hohenstein Group has successfully passed this test, and may continue to certify in accordance with the new PPE regulation.
Personal protective equipment has a preventative health function in the world of work. For people working in trades and crafts as well as laboratory technicians and the fire brigade, the high quality and special technology of PPE protect them from possible risks. For this reason, it is important that protective clothing complies with the high demands of harmonized standards. The new regulation now expands the application area to include private use so that users can also benefit from the same level of protection.
The current PPE directive 89/686/EEC directive for the certification of PPE is valid until April 20, 2018. Afterwards, the certification body of the Hohenstein Group will only issue EU type examination certificates in accordance with the new regulation.
The Hohenstein Group has adapted itself to the new requirements after receiving renewed approval for accreditation and notification. Thus, with the Hohenstein Group, you have an internationally renowned and independent partner at your side who will conduct all tests and certifications that are important and necessary for manufacturing and selling products in the European Economic Area.
PPE always requires a CE certification label in the EU. As the application areas for PPE are very diverse, PPE is divided into three different categories. PPE in protection category II and III (high/deadly risks) is subject to a conformity evaluation process by a certification body/notified body, such as the Hohenstein Group.
The Hohenstein Group can carry out these EU type examinations for PPE. In doing this, they confirm that the PPE meets the relevant provisions of the regulation.
As a notified body, the group also carries out quality assurance in the form of product tests, and tests the uniformity of products and conformity of PPE with certified samples.