Since 1994 RICOTEST is the European Notified Body N. 0498 for the Certification of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as footwear, gloves, clothes, protectors and helmets. At this link you can see the notification on the NANDO System of the European Commission (based on our ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation) which authorizes RICOTEST to issue Certificates.
PPE are subject to Directive 89/686/EEC; the new Regulation (EU) 2016/425, which will replace the Directive, will come into force on April 2018.
FAQ – CERTIFICATION
What is it?
In the case of PPE, the requirements are those set out in Annex II of Directive 686/89/CEE – EU Regulation 2016/425.
The verification of the requirements is made throughout the product tests (type-examination) and control of technical documentation: projects, technical files, instructions for use, CE marking.
How do you get it?
How much does it cost?
How long does it take to get it?
The time required to obtain the Certification depends on 2 factors:
– as far as the tests are concerned, on the type/number of products (base/variant models, size range), and the number of tests to be performed;
– as far as the documental check is concerned, on the completeness/accuracy of the documentation submitted by the applicant.
After the succesfull test results, a few days may be enough to get the Certificate, provided that the documentation is correct and complete.
When does it expire?
When the presumption of conformity of the old standard ceases, the Certificate must be updated in accordance with the new Standard version.
Certificates based on the EU Regulation 2016/425 have a maximum validity period of 5 years.
III category certificates last 1 year: for the second and subsequent years, the validity is confirmed by the annual production inspection.
While all the PPE market is ruled by the European Regulation 425/2016, sanctions are defined by laws at national level;
in Italy the reference law is the Legislative Decree 17/2019, and sanctions are listed at clause 14.
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