We all know how dangerous playing with fire can be. That is why according to Directive 2013/29/EU, pyrotechnic articles shall comply with the essential safety requirements (ESR) before placing them on the EU market. Legal manufacturers shall ensure that their products are in compliant with the ESR. A Notified Body shall be involved in the conformity assessment procedures. To fulfill the requirements set up by the Directive, TÜV Rheinland provides you with world-class expertise in testing, and certification services specifically for the field of pyrotechnics. Our certification is based on standards harmonized in the European Union.
We are a European Notified Body for conformity assessment procedures of pyrotechnic articles and we participate actively in the notified body coordination group activities and standardization committees to keep you updated with the most recent changes. The CE 1008 marks for products we certify is well known all over the world.
Our scope of pyrotechnic articles covers all categories of the Directive, like fireworks, theatrical pyrotechnic articles, other pyrotechnic articles for vehicles and technical pyrotechnic articles. Our experts are internationally qualified, and we co-operate with colleagues around the globe to offer the best service to our clients all over the World. We can also service additional inquiries from manufacturers, distributors, and importers who intend to sell their products in the European Union.
With TÜV Rheinland as your partner for all aspects of pyrotechnic certification, you:
The CE certification process consists of two steps:
Type examination is aimed at assessing whether an article meets the Essential Safety Requirements (ESR) of the Directive. This assessment shall be carried out by a notified body, in our case, (NB 1008). The relevant harmonized standards are used for conformity assessment procedures.
The following information must be included in the manufacturer’s application:
Product/products submitted for type examination:
Products are certified on the basis of a module system; applicants can select from among the given module systems (according to preference and opportunity).
Once type examination has proven that the “prototype” meets the ESR, it shall be tested and certified whether the produced articles are in line with the “prototype” and in compliance with the ESR before placing on the EU market. This can be done in several ways:
The manufacturer and the notified body will agree on whether to choose module B, C, D, or E. Different validity deadlines apply to the different modules. Conformity assessment examinations are carried out in compliance with Directive 2013/29/EU.
Grouping Articles into Product Families
According to the pertinent directive 2013/29/EU, products with similar features can be grouped in product families based on technical and performance parameters.
For more details, the relevant Directive 2013/29/EU (Annex II) and EU Decision No. 768/2008 contain detailed descriptions of the various modules and certification procedure.
TÜV Rheinland offers the following individual services for conformity assessment of pyrotechnic articles to be placed on EU market:
The European Union drafted a directive (2013/29/EU) to guarantee the free trade of pyrotechnic articles in the internal European market. The directive aims to safeguard human health and the safety and protection of the consumer and professional end user. Pyrotechnic articles listed in the directive include:
Cultural habits and traditions vary to a great degree in the various member states. For that reason, member states can take national measures to prohibit or restrict possession, use and/or sale of certain categories of fireworks to consumers on grounds of public order, security or safety, or environmental protection.
Publication of the directive in July 2007 marked the start of the transitional period. The directive prescribes that – after the transitional period – all pyrotechnic articles must have a CE marking to indicate that the Essential Safety Requirements of the Directive have been met (conformity assessment). This means that category 1, 2, and 3 fireworks all need a CE marking with a certificate issued by a notified body by July 2010, unless national authorizations were granted before July 2010 for the relevant firework articles. From 2017 all pyrotechnic articles covered by 2013/29/EU Directive must comply with the ESR before placing on the market.
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