Personal Protective Equipment

The PPE Directive 89/686/EEC is one of the New Approach Directives. It is been superseded by the new Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment. The PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 is applicable from 21 April 2018.


List of mandates related to personal protective equipment (PDF files)

  • M/031 Personal Protective Equipment
  • M/281 (1999) Revision of EN 1384 relating to helmets for equestrian sports
  • M/307 (2000) Revision of standard EN 795 “protection against falls from a height-anchor devices – requirements and testing” 
  • M/472 (2010) Amendment of EN 353-1:2002 - Personal protective equipment against falls from a height - Part 1: Guided type fall arresters including a rigid anchor line
  • M/509 (2012) Protective textiles and personal protective clothing and equipment
  • M/553 (2017) Smart garments – protection against heat and flame
  • M/571 (2020) Personal protective equipment

The execution of work is coordinated by the CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on PPE.




  • CLC/SR 124 - Wearable Electronic Devices and Technologies
  • CLC/TC 78 - Equipment and tools for live working

Access the References of  "harmonized standards" cited in the European Union's Official Journal (OJEU).


Jennifer OGBONNA

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