PED 2014/68/EU (EU law)

PED: Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU)

On 29 May 2002, the PED (European Pressure Equipment Directive) came into effect. The most significant goal of this directive, one of the CE directives, is free trade within the EC, but it also ensures that safe pressure equipment enters the market in order to protect users and the environment. To this end, member states’ legislation had to be harmonised. The pressure equipment concerned has a design pressure (PS) greater than 0,5 bar, such as cooling installations, amongst others. Exception is made for installations containing water, because these are governed by a different directive.


In order to construct a safe installation, a number of essential safety requirements must be met. An independent authority (Notified Body) ensures compliance with these (compliance assessment). In order to restrict the necessary activities of a NoBo (and the costs involved), it is possible to have your company’s quality system certified by a NoBo. Modules have been created in the PED for the categories of execution, which can be fully or partially certified as per completion phase (design, construction and final control).

Weldmij will advise and accompany you in acquiring PED-module operation certification. We perform a business scan in conjunction with you and we can, by means of a comprehensive report, indicate to you in which areas your organisation (still) does not conform to the requirements of the chosen Module and which points require attention. We will draw up a ‘plan of approach’ for you and will accompany you in the search for relevant solutions, and in implementing a PED-module quality guarantee system within your organisation. PED-module certification can only be acquired on the basis of a certified ISO 9001 system.

The average duration for attaining a PED-module is approximately 2 months. This time period strongly depends on existing operation processes and the availability of the certifying authority.