CEN is producing standards to meet the health and safety requirements of the directive for personal protective equipment (89/686/EEC).
An important step forward was made with the adoption of the 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 became applicable on 21 April 2018 and repeals the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.
PPE may be worn for Occupational Health and Safety purposes, as well as sports or other recreational activities.
Ergonomics, safety and comfort are the three main considerations when designing new PPE.