Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Better Safety with Tested Protective Equipment

The 89/686/EWG directive consolidates safety regulations for protective equipment for all of Europe. We will carry out the required tests and certification of your product based on the Personal Protective Equipment Directive, PPE. This means your protective equipment will be authorized to carry the CE mark. In addition, we will test parts of the protective equipment for which no European norms have yet been set.

Benefits at a Glance

With an internationally renowned test mark from TÜV Rheinland you can:

  • Improve your position against the competition based on our neutral test mark
  • Minimize liability for your company with documented safety standards
  • Benefit from short audit times that will also help quick introduction to the market
  • Offer your customers valuable orientation to help them decide which products to select
  • Document implementation of legal requirements with test reports and certificates

Our Audits

  1. EC type-examination based on article 10 of the PPE directive
    You apply to us to have an EC type-examination done for a specific model. We carry out the EC type-examination based on up-to-date and harmonized norms as follows:
    • We inspect the product's technical documents
    • We inspect the product itself to ensure that the product has been manufactured according to the technical manufacturing documents and can be used safely in accordance with its intended purpose
  2. EC quality assurance for the final product, based on article 11A of the PPE directive 89/686/EWG
    We ensure that the manufacturing process of your products, including the product itself, coheres with the requirements of the PPE directive, as well as the prototype adherence described in the EC type inspection document. This also includes the final audit of the product and the tests. Finally, you receive an expert report.
  3. EC quality system with survey, based on article 11B of the PPE directive 89/686/EWG
    You apply for a permit for your quality assurance system, and we test this based on the directive's specifications.
  4. Pre-shipment survey

Product Examples

  • Footwear, occupational footwear and safety footwear
  • Head protection (helmets)
  • Protective equipment for eyes and face
  • Protective gloves and clothing
  • Protectors
  • Horse riding items
  • Diving Equipment (masks, snorkels, flippers, suits, buoyancy compensators)

The new PPE Regulation.

The new PPE Regulation 2016/425 took effect on April 20, 2016. The old PPE Directive 89/686 EEC for the testing and certification of personal protective equipment remains valid for another two years. During this period, TÜV Rheinland and the authorities have time to prepare for the new requirements. Based on the new regulation, but also on our own activities in various boards and committees, we are providing you with information about the most important changes:

What do you need to know and what are the important dates?

The following dates are specified in the PPE Regulation 2016/425:

Taking effect

This regulation has taken effect on the twentieth day after its publication (03/31/2016) in the Gazette of the European Communities.

Date of Application (Article 48)

This regulation shall apply starting on April 21, 2018 with exception of

  • Articles 20-36: Notification of Conformity Assessment Bodies, which shall apply from 10/21/2016
  • Article 45, Par.1: Sanctions for Violations of the Regulation, which shall apply from 03/21/2018

Transitional provisions (Article 47)

  • Products covered by the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC and in conformity to that Directive and made available on the market and put into circulation before April 21, 2019 may continue to be sold.
  • EC-type examination certificates and approvals issued under the Directive 89/686/EEC shall remain valid until April 21, 2023 unless they expire before that date.


The Directive 89/686/EEC will be repealed with effect from April 21, 2018.

Supporting documents:

Currently, intensive work on the "interpretative documents" for the PPE Regulation is underway.


You have any questions to the new PPE Regulation? Don’t hesitate to contact us.