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Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations

The Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations ensure that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits both provide a high level of protection for European citizens and enjoy a Single Market in the European Union. These Regulations cover electrical equipment with a voltage between 50 and 1000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1500 V for direct current. It should be noted that these voltage ratings refer to the voltage of the electrical input or output, not to voltages that may appear inside the equipment. For most electrical equipment, the health aspects of emissions of Electromagnetic Fields are also under the domain of the Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations.

In respect of conformity assessment, there is no third party intervention, as the manufacturer undertakes the conformity assessment. There are "Notified Bodies" which may be used to provide reports in response to a challenge by a national authority as to the conformity of the equipment. 

With regard to the international development in the European policy, both national authorities and industry consider it to have been a success and a role model for other trade blocs, where mandatory third-party intervention is usually the norm. European accident levels with respect to this type of equipment have been shown to be consistently lower than other comparable trading regions, although a nil level of accidents is the absolute objective.

The Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations can be accessed through the following link: