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Pressure Vessel Regulations in Europe: PED, TPED, SPVD, AD 2000

Pressure Vessel Regulations in Europe: PED, TPED, SPVD, AD 2000

Ensure Compliance with European Pressure Vessel Regulations: PED, TPED, SPVD, AD 2000

Due to potential dangers and associated risks, pressure vessel regulations in Europe are complex. Manufacturers must comply with government or jurisdictional rules and regulations for different product standards each targeting specific types of equipment.

Three directives form the legal framework for pressure equipment on the European level: the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED 2014/68/EU), the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED 2010/35/EU), and the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (SPVD 2009/105/EC). In addition to these, the AD 2000 pressure vessel code, drawn up by the German Pressure Vessel Association, is applicable in Germany.

Thanks to our accredited global network of experts, we ensure the conformity assessment and quality of your pressure equipment. Our extensive pressure vessel testing and inspection services help you to obtain the necessary pressure vessel certification, allowing you to place your product on the markets within the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Compliance with European pressure vessel regulations is also recognized beyond the European Union.

Benefits of our Pressure Vessel Inspection and Testing Services at a Glance

With over 140 years of experience in the inspection and certification of boilers and pressure equipment, we supply highly specialized expertise and the industry knowledge necessary to help you meet the needs of your target market.

We offer a wide range of pressure vessel certification, inspection and testing services helping you to:

  • Meet the prerequisites for exporting, selling and launching your products abroad and more specifically, in Europe.
  • Understand the similarities and differences among types of pressure vessel regulations within Europe and worldwide.
  • Understand the concept of CE marking and different conformity assessment procedures.
  • Successfully compete on the international market by accessing our extensive global experience and industrial expertise.
  • Fulfill the expectations of your target market.

Please feel free to contact us at TÜV Rheinland to learn more about how our pressure vessel certification, inspection and testing services can benefit your company.

European PED Certification Services

The European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU is a guideline for the design and manufacture of pressure equipment as a pre-requisite for CE-Marking. It applies to pressure vessels, steam boilers, pipelines, heat exchangers, storage tanks, pressure relief devices, valves, regulators and other pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure above 0.5 bar. According to the risk category of your product, you can choose a combination of different modules to comply with the PED authorizing you to use the CE marking.

European PED certification consists of a full range of pressure vessel testing, inspection and certification. We assess conformity and ensure both safety and compliance of your pressure equipment to European guidelines and standards.

As a Notified Body for the PED 2014/68/EU, our qualified experts can support you in gaining PED certification and ensuring compliance with the Pressure Equipment Directive. We assist you throughout the entire process of accreditation, manufacturing and inspection. With over 300 approved inspectors worldwide, we offer you a comprehensive range of services, from product to system and personnel certification.

Product Certification

TÜV Rheinland experts have specific knowledge regarding all steam and pressure equipment of any kind. As a Certification Body for simple pressure vessels and equipment, we provide you with a wide range of product and equipment testing and certification services in accordance with the European Pressure Equipment Directives. They include:

  • Product approvals, qualifications and testing of your pressure equipment during the planning and the production phases.
  • Calculation of Pressure Equipment (CaPE) with TÜV Rheinland’s own Cape-calculation program software.
  • Design and individual or type approvals of pressure equipment in accordance with European and international regulations.
  • Type approval of transportable pressure equipment for dangerous goods and the surveillance of in-house inspection services in accordance with TPED 2010/35/EU and ADR/RID.
  • Material inspection, assessment of material suitability and compliance with the European regulations for pressure equipment and vessels.
  • Certification of complex installations and functional integrity of the assembly according to PED 2014/68/EU.
  • Certification of welding processes

System Certification

Not only does TÜV Rheinland certify your products, but our experts also provide system certification services as well as manufacturers approvals according to national and international regulations and standards such as PED 2014/68/EU QA modules, TPED 2010/35/EU, AD2000, ISO 3834 or the ASME code.

These requirements are the basis for quality assurance during production. As a Notified Body, TÜV Rheinland certifies your quality assurance system (QA-system) in accordance with the local and international standards to establish your quality performance as a manufacturer.

Personnel Certification

TÜV Rheinland is an official Certification Body for personnel. The Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU itself requires trained and qualified NDT personnel to operate pressure vessels and equipment. In this respect, TÜV Rheinland is accredited to train, examine and certify personnel for various procedures.

TÜV Rheinland is a Certification Body for manufacturer approval in accordance with DIN EN ISO 3834. Certificates according to this standard are not only granted to boiler and pressure equipment manufacturers, but are also generally recognized as a fundamental proof of competence in welding technology.

For all matters regarding pressure equipment and vessels, TÜV Rheinland offers you a comprehensive range of solutions and services to ensure certification and compliance with the European Pressure Equipment Directives.


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