The Low Voltage Directive
Applying to most electrical equipment, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) states electrical equipment can only be placed on the market if it does not endanger the safety of persons, domestic animals or other equipment and goods. It is mandatory to CE Mark products that fall within the scope of the Low Voltage Directive (unless it is excluded by other Directives).
Low Voltage Directive Requirements
In order to comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) there are 4 key stages:
- Identify the correct Standard
- Product safety testing & assessment
- Compilation of a ‘Technical File’
- Declaration of Conformity
The Low Voltage Directive product safety testing & assessment requires assessments of creepage and clearances, temperature tests and electrical breakdown tests (often at raised humidity). We have significant experience in preforming these tests and assessments at our fully accredited electrical testing laboratory. We are also experienced with the required ‘ fault testing’, one of the more common (and most dangerous) reasons why equipment doesn’t comply with the electrical safety standards and CE Marking requirements.
IEC61010 Electrical Safety Testing
IEC61010 (and thus the tests and assessments necessary) are also often required outside of Europe. For North American listing, for example, IEC61010 is commonly applied and you must fully comply with the Standard.