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The Pressure Equipment Directive, 97/23/EC, sets out the Essential Safety Requirements which must be met before pressure equipment or assemblies may be placed on the market or put into service anywhere in the EU.

  • The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers approved the PED in May 1997,
  • The Directive has now been transposed into UK national legislation by the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999, SI No. 2001.

These Regulations came into force on 29 November 1999. After a transitional period up to and including 29 May 2002, the Regulations became mandatory.

The Pressure Systems and Transportable Gas Container Regulations 1989, have been revoked and are replaced by the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (SI 2000/128), which apply to the design and construction of pressure equipment not covered by the Pressure Equipment Regulations and also to the use and ongoing integrity of pressure systems.

Article from the Health and Safety Executive about The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

  UK Pressure System Regulations

Website addresses for European and other international standards organisations are given below:


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